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Configuring VMware ESXi 4.1 with SATA DISK Drives

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Hi All,

I have built a desktop server for myself using following configuration :
AMD Phenom II X2 555 Black Edition 3.2GHz
Samsung HD103SJ Spinpoint F3 1TB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm 32MB
Asrock M3A UCC AMD 480X Socket AM3
Corsair 4GB (2x2GB) DDR3 1333MHz Memory Kit

My idea is to use this server as an ESXi 4.1 host and create Virtual Machines on fly.

Now somehow ESXi installer is not working for me. I read that ESXi doesn't work with IDE or SATA drives for version 4.X while it was for version 3.5

I also came across people adding custom config within vmware installer to get a SATA drive working.  Can someone please suggest me a way to get this config working?

Kind Regards
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by:coolsport00
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SATA and SAS work; the question is....are your drives on the HCL? Did you check?
See: http://www.vmware.com/resources/guides.html
You'll need to check for your disk "model" (partner name) under the Storage tab. While you're there, you may wanna check the remainder of your hardware (controller, CPU, etc.) to make sure they're compatible. If this is a 'home-grown' built PC, those tend to be 'flaky' when it comes to being compatible with VMware.

Regards,
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by:Luciano Patrão
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@coolsport00 I never encounter a SATA Disk that not work in VMware Environment. SATA controllers yes can be an issue and the motherboard chipset, or the Controller may not work, but disks I dont think that will be an issue.

Looking at your hardware and models, I think that will work without any problem.

Jail
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What error do you get with the installer?
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What you are referring to is modifying the oem.tgz file on the source to include the drivers for your sat a controller. If that is the issue that the installer cannot find any stoats to install onto.

I'm not sure if we can discuss hacking the install here, but it's documented in the vmware communities forum.
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BestWay...if you look at my comment....I mentioned that both SATA and SAS work. Or, are you just wondering why I suggested to look at the HCL? Just doesn't hurt to look. I've never had a problem myself either, but doesn't hurt to check :)  Controllers for sure, but disks too is worth checking.

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by:Luciano Patrão
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@coolsport00 I was not criticizing you or anything, I was just add some information about my experience. Sorry if this was what you understand with my message.

Regarding a possible controller problem, i has an issue in the past(with 3.5 and I think with 4.0) with my motherboard(Asus) and the VMware did not find the controller. I need to make some changes(like file add my controller to /etc/vmware/pciid/sata_nv.xml and run esxcfg-pciid).

Some times we need to make some changes like this. In the new 4.1 there few changes that we need o make, like this.

Jail
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Nah...not at all; just was wondering if you misread my post :) It's all good... :)

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Hi All,
Hopefully attached images will make your job easy to diagnose this issue.

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Well...as I mentioned above, you'll have to check your hardware against VMware's HCL. But, what happens when you chooSE "enter" to do the Install? Do you get an error?

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Please see file system error ...Unable to load module /usr/lib/vmware/vmmod/vmfs3 : Failure.
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Again...it is a hardware incompatibility somewhere. A few other articles I found refer to NIC issue:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1029958
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1571740

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by:crazywolf2010
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Hi,
I read at some posts using custom parameters at oem.tgz to get SATA/IDE drives working. Can someone please shade slight on it.

Regards.
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Modifying source code is something that really can't be shared on EE, as "hancocka" stated above, because it is against EE policy to have posts that go against vendor licensing, OEM, etc. :(

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@coolsport00: thanks for confirming that.
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by:Luciano Patrão
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@coolsport00 I am on EE almost 10 years, and this is new for me :(

This is the first time I hear this, I did not now this :(

Regarding  this issue, even in the VMware official forum this type issue is discuss and can be done and publicity. But if this is the EE policy, this is the EE policy.

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by:coolsport00
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Yes...it resembles things like EULA. If it's a 'hack' type modification, EE doesn't allow it. Sometimes there are gray areas, but EE will always lean towards not allowing such a post to keep with the integrity of the site.

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by:coolsport00
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For more info, click on the Help tab above...then 'Success Tips' on the left, then the "Hacks, cracks, & keys" link.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/help.jsp#hs=23&hi=16

Regards,
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Many Thanks Gents.  I found issue is with my SATA controller.

Following links may be useful to others.

See the last entry on forum discussion
http://www.vm-help.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=362

This is the list of community supported storage controllers:
http://www.vm-help.com//esx40i/esx40_whitebox_HCL.php#Storage





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Thanks for the follow-up "crazywolf2010".

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