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Hi,

I have Vsphere installed on a machine that has an Adaptec 5805 adapter and wanted to manage drive arrays with the Adaptec ASM package.  From the notes on Adaptec's site:

2.5 VMware Setup Notes - To install Adaptec Storage Manager on the VMware ESX Server:

1. Insert the Adaptec Storage Manager application CD into the CD-ROM drive.
2. Type the following command to install the 32-bit Linux Adaptec Storage Manager on the VMware ESX Server:
rpm -ivh RaidMan-8.40.i386.rpm
3. Install Adaptec Storage Manager on a Windows or Linux machine.
4. From the Windows or Linux client, connect to the Adaptec Storage Manager agent on the VMware ESX Server using the ASM GUI.

- The Adaptec Storage Manager agent on the VMware ESX Server cannot be monitored from a guest operating system.

- The VMware ESX Server firewall must have specific ports enabled for incoming and outgoing traffic. The default ports Adaptec Storage Manager uses for connection are 34570 to 34580.

Will this driver work on the current VSphere package?  Since I downloaded the ASM package from Adaptec's site, I don't have the CD they're referring to.  Is the rpm file available independently?

Thanks!

--Ben
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by:Ben Conner
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Hm.  Just pulled up the configuration and see that I have ESXi 4.1.0; the reference talks about ESX.  Would that make a difference?  I've never fully understood the difference between ESX and ESXi.

--Ben
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esxi 4.1.0 is vsphere 4

esxi is the latest version of esx that works in its own version of linux

esx was the previous version that work in a 3rd party linux
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by:Ben Conner
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Was able to google for 'adaptec asm vmware rpm download' and came across the following on the ask.adaptec.com site:

Support for ESXi Server 3.5 and 4.0:
There are AACRAID drivers embedded in ESXi Server 3.5 and 4.0 (see VMware Certified Compatibility Guides) but there is no Management Software (ASM or ARCCONF) or monitoring (CIM) available from Adaptec.

I guess that kinda sums it up, doesn't it?  Unless I'm not reading the documentation properly?

That said, one of the posters in the vmware communities suggested they'd gotten it working by downloading the rpm from adaptec, but if that's the case, adaptec must not know about it. ;-)

--Ben
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yes the link I put above say about what you need to do to get it working have youy looked at it
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I did; unfortunately most of it was over my head as I have little linux background. :(

--Ben
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Hi,

That discussion was about using ESX 3.5, and apparently there is compatible drivers (or RPMs) for that.  This install is on ESXi 4.1.0.  Since this is a production box I don't want to tank it.  No sense of humor. :)

--Ben
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ok it should work esx 3.5 is just the 32bit version on 4.0/4.1 which is the 64bit version so essentially they are the same from the software as most rpm these days have a 64bit and 32bit inside the rpm
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by:Ben Conner
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BTW, something I haven't mentioned is that I am booting off the 5805 adapter.

From what I'm reading, the rpm that adaptec offers doesn't support that, at least on ESXi 4.1.  Do you know if this is an issue?

--Ben
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no sorry I am a vmware engineer I dont use any Adaptec 5805 adapters in any of my esx servers I use dell perc 6i's in one of my esx servers sorry can help
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Oh ok.  Looks like this is an issue across all the Adaptec servers.  I've dropped a support note off to the Adaptec folks.  When they reply, I'll post the response here.

Thanks!

--Ben
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Hi,

Was able to reach Adaptec tech support today, finally.  The definitive answer is: no.  They have no way to reach the controller through ESXi at this time.  That said, they are very close to releasing a quarterly update that will enable this feature.  So in a few weeks (max?) it should be posted on their website.

--Ben
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