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Installing VMWare ESX 3.0.1 on SATA RAID (LSI MegaRAID 300?)

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Hi, mighty <all>

Did you ever try to install a fresh new install of VMWare ESX 3.0 on a server with SATA drives?
What I have is IBM x3400 with on-baord SATA RAID (does not get recognised by ESX Installer) and two 250 GB SATA drives. The task is to install ESX server on it. I know, I know that RTFM says ESX does not support it but...

I have bumped in to this thread http://www.run-virtual.com/?p=88
where someone successfuly did it. The post says that LSI MegaRAID emulates SCSI (ESX uses the same megaraid driver for sata and SCSI) cheating the installer.

My question is - did you, <all>, ever tried this trick? Any help on that matter is greatly appreciated.
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You need to modify /etc/vmware/vmware-devices.map for the ESX installer to see the controller.

Yu'll need the device information - the device ID and the subsystem device ID as well. You'll then need to use cloop (http://www.knoppix.net/wiki/Cloop) to get inside the VMware installer CD, then modify /etc/vmware/vmware-deviceds.map, then write out a new ISO.

But you are far, far, far better off to use supported hardware in the first place. If you run into problems down the track, then you may have issues with getting support as you're running a dodgy configuration.

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Works for me!
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