I have spent lots of time Googling and researching previous attempts at solving this problem, all to no avail.
Let me begin by detailing my hardware setup:
White Box Server:
ASUS Z8NA-D6C Server Motherboard (latest BIOS)
2 x Intel Xeon E5506 Processors
3 x Dell PERC 5/i controllers using the latest firmware from Dell's website (Hard Drives are only connected to controller #3, however)
Physical Hard Drives: 8 x Western Digital 600GB Velociraptors
Virtual Disk Config:
-----> 2 in RAID 1 (mirrored),
-----> 4 in RAID 5,
-----> 1 Hot Spare,
-----> 1 Connected directly to motherboard's IDE controller.
Versions of ESXi I tried:
1. "Generic" ESXi 4.1 build 260247 from VMWare's website
2. Dell-Customized ISO of ESXi 4.1 build 260247 from Dell's website
The Dell website states clearly that the customized ISO does NOT contain the OpenManage Server Administrator, and as recommended in various other threads, I tried to install the Dell OpenManage Offline Bundle and VIB for ESXi
Following the instructions, I downloaded and installed the VMWare VSphere CLI application (on another workstation on the network), copied the zip (downloaded above) to it's local directory (subfolder "bin") and submitted the following command and got the output below:
vihostupdate.pl --server 192.168.0.236 -i -b bin\OM-SrvAdmin-Dell-Web-6.3.0-2075.VIB-ESX41i_A00.8.zip --username root --password ""
Please wait patch installation is in progress ...
No matching bulletin or VIB was found in the metadata.No bulletins for this platform could be found. Nothing to do.
Now, there are steps to follow after installing the OpenManage Server components (which I would appreciate assistance with), but I need to get past this first.
And of course, if there is a completely different route to be able to monitor LSI-based RAID cards within ESXi 4.1, I am completely open to it. Within Windows, I have thus far been using LSI MegaRAID Storage Manager to monitor and manage PERC cards and arrays on my other non-virtualized white box servers.
Thanks in advance!