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    Hi all, i have an old IBM server recently i installed VMWare ESX on it, this server have a raid controller and ESX installation installed on this array, anyway i want to add additiional storage to this server, so i attached an IDE hard disk to the server (not to the raid for sure) i put it in the same ida for cd rom (i used to attach the hard disk and go to the infrastructure client and connect and rescan for storage and its detect) anyway this time its didnt detect, i tried to search for it in /dev/ and i find it as hdb and i tried to make a slice on it using mkfs and its did and i can mount it and read its size normally, but the problem is that esx server didn't recognize it i tried to unplug the cd rom from the cable but didn't work too still Linux itself can detect it while ESX can't, what i have to do to get it attached ?, thanks.
    Last edited by XP_2600; 27th September 2008, 16:27.
    m.emam
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    Re: add an IDE drive to ESX server

    ESX can't use IDE storage for VMFS. You must have SCSI storage or storage that ESX sees as SCSI. The following may help you:

    Hardware Compatibility Guides!
    http://www.vmware.com/vmtn/resources/cat/119
    These are the HCLs for the product. Follow them to ensure your environment is officially supported by VMware. No production environment should stray from what's documented here.

    Community-Supported Hardware/Software for VMware Infrastructure
    http://www.vmware.com/resources/communitysupport/
    In 2007, VMware began maintaining a web page of non-HCL hardware that works with VMware ESX. This is a list of hardware and software components that have been reported to work with VMware Infrastructure, either by the community or by the individual vendors themselves. Great for people trying to build a cheap lab out of dubious or whitebox hardware. If your hardware is not on the official VMware HCL, check this list to see if someone has reported that your particular piece of hardware works with ESX.

    Additional Resources for Community-Supported Hardware/Software for VMware Infrastructure
    http://www.vm-help.com/Whitebox_HCL.php
    http://ultimatewhitebox.com/
    http://www.vmweekly.com/articles/har..._esx_server/1/
    VCDX3 #34, VCDX4, VCDX5, VCAP4-DCA #14, VCAP4-DCD #35, VCAP5-DCD, VCPx4, vEXPERTx4, MCSEx3, MCSAx2, MCP, CCAx2, A+
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      Re: add an IDE drive to ESX server

      Thanks for answering me, but as i told you its installed in the raid successfuly so do you think i should add the other hard disk to the array?, i also have another box running ESX using SATA hard disks, and when i attached a new sata esx detected it directly, another question if you don't mind do you think i can use a USB controller to attach it ?!Thanks.
      m.emam
      mcsa mcse

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        Re: add an IDE drive to ESX server

        Originally posted by XP_2600 View Post
        (i used to attach the hard disk and go to the infrastructure client and connect and rescan for storage and its detect) anyway this time its didnt detect, i tried to search for it in /dev/ and i find it as hdb and i tried to make a slice on it using mkfs and its did and i can mount it and read its size normally, but the problem is that esx server didn't recognize it i tried to unplug the cd rom from the cable but didn't work too still Linux itself can detect it while ESX can't, what i have to do to get it attached ?, thanks.
        I'll repeat myself and reaffirm what you have already discovered. IDE is not supported by the VMKernel, therefore, you cannot use it for VMFS storage. IDE can be used for ext3 partitions in the serivce console, but the VMKernel is completely separate and cannot use IDE.
        VCDX3 #34, VCDX4, VCDX5, VCAP4-DCA #14, VCAP4-DCD #35, VCAP5-DCD, VCPx4, vEXPERTx4, MCSEx3, MCSAx2, MCP, CCAx2, A+
        boche.net - VMware Virtualization Evangelist
        My advice has no warranties. Follow at your own risk.

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