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DELL T310 PERC S100 and Vmware ESX

We recently purchased three boxes and inadvertently got the PERC S100 software raid controller for all of them.  When we went to install ESX on the boxes it will not recognize the array that is pre-built.  Is it possible to get them to work on ESX?
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Paul SolovyovskyCommented:
Is it seeing the drives individually and not the array or is not seeing any drives at all?
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IMEDECSAuthor Commented:
drives individually.
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Paul SolovyovskyCommented:
This is typical for onboard raid controllers because they don't use real hardware raid.  They actually use software raid ar as some people call it "fake raid"  I have seen this with many servers including ones with Intel ICH7 and ICH9 adapters.

Unfortunately there is not much you can do other than get a raid controller that is on the VMware HCL.  I have a few in my lab that I run in this manner but production environment I would not recommend.
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IMEDECSAuthor Commented:
Yeah, it just frustrating because its in the HCL...not mentioning the raid controllers.
http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/detail.php?device_cat=server&device_id=10062

I guess I'll have to look into getting a PERC6i card.
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lnkevinCommented:
It isn't the problem with controller, but VMware ESX does not work well with RAID. VMware has its own OS. It's pretty light and does not require RAID to run because the load isn't on ESX host. Most of the time, the load is on your VMs. ESX can be reinstalled easily. You may just need an hour of down time, if you don't have other host to migrate to. Just take one drive and and install ESX on it. You can configure the rest of other drives to be in RAID for VMs storage.

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IMEDECSAuthor Commented:
True that VMWARE does not require raid, like most other servers, but if you want to keep it running in a production environment I would rather have the raid.  Is just built in insurance.
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Paul SolovyovskyCommented:
VMware does a good job of supporting hardware raid and not so good job of lsupporting software raid since it's OS specific.  As you can see on the link below the S100 is software RAID

http://www.dell.com/downloads/global/products/pedge/en/Dell_Software_RAID_Functionality_White_Paper.pdf

What you mawant to do is get a Perc 5i if possible at a lower price point or another brand since Dell rebrands their controllers anyway.
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