SATA RAID Controller for Hyper V or VMWare ESX i

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I have a 3ware 9650se-4lpml  SATA RAID controller that works fine w ESX 3 but it refuses to load RAID drivers for ESXi in vmware (support says wait until vmware5 esxi comes out... idunno hen that is) and does not have a driver for Microsoft's Hyper V.  Basically, I'm dead in the water unless I pay for ESX or get another RAID controller.  Anyone know what controllers play nice with ESX i and or Hyper V?
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Anything that is certified for windows 2008 will work. As you know, not all drivers have to be certified to work well. Microsoft has millions of suport in regards to manufacture drivers.
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Go to the link below for alternative hardwares that have been tested working with esx/esxi if not listed at www.vmware.com/go/hcl
http://www.vm-help.com//esx40i/esx40_whitebox_HCL.php
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Anyone within reason to purchase?  I can't fork over several hundred for SATA RAID card

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Adapetec RAID controllers are well made and have a good reputation.
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Is this server for home or a business production environment?

I this because if it for a business environment, I see too many businesses that want VMWare and want to have a champagne party with a beer budget.  Even though I like beer, VMWare has good reasons for their HCL.  I have posted for you the HCL listing for RAID adapters thaty VMWare officially supports.  You can also search this database from VMWare.

How many hard drives do you need to support in your RAID config?

What RAID level are you looking to have supported?

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RAID 5, Three drives...  I was looking at the Adaptec 2410SA Serial ATA RAID Controller because appears to be the cheapest SATA RAID solution for my beer budget.   I'm deploying at home but plan to start deploying at small businesses

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Yeah if budget is your concern adaptec makes good cards.

Dell servers mostly use adaptec scsi cards.
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Beer budgets are great for testing at home. My recommendation tho, if you are going to be setting up a lab at home to test technologies for potential clients, go with something midrange and supported.  This way, if you give your recommendations it will be with something that you have personally used and can attest to.

Get something with write caching...this should suffice and is on the HCL...http://www.shopping.com/xPO-Adaptec-2405-RAID-4CH-SATA-SAS-256MB-LP-PCIE8-KIT-W-CABLE

Don't give small businesses domestic beer, give 'em imported beer..It'll make 'em feel like they're getting champagne. :)  You'll make this back 10 fold!

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Hi

One of the difference between Hyper-V and VMware is the hypervisor core, VMware put all drivers in the core, and all those drivers are dedicated for VMware, so there are limited hardware support for VMware, but for Hyper-V, the drivers compatible with Windows server 2008 are can used for Hyper-V.

So i can what we need to do is get the controller driver for Windows server 2008.

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