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ESXi 4.1 & Converter Standalone - IDE, SCSI Bus Logic or SCSI LSI Logic

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When using Converter Standalone to create a Virtual Machine on an ESXi 4.1 host, it gives me the options of IDE, SCSI Bus or LSI Logic. How do I decide which is best? The host is a new, small desktop with 2 SATA hard drives plugged into the  motherboard. The guest OS's will be Windows Servers.
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by:CHutchins
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IMHO you will have less issues with the SCSI bus, but it does not really matter, more dependent on what the OS can handle.
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You want to use SCSI -> LSI Logic typically.

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by:MikeBroderick
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That's what I have been doing (LSI Logic). Where is Bus or IDE better?
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by:coolsport00
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For desktops...BUS Logic is best; for Server OSs...LSI is preferred.

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by:MikeBroderick
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The host hardware is a desktop. An HP w/AMD Anthlon II
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WinXP OS?
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by:MikeBroderick
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No, 2003 SBS (and an XP for testing). I have low volume. This much hardware is plenty.
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XP => BUS; 2K3 => LSI. There is a VMware KB that goes into it a bit more...let me see if I can find it. I just read it like a week ago. In the meantime, here on pg. 9 it tells a little about the disk types:
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/VirtualDiskManager.pdf

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This KB shows the suggested SCSI "driver" for a given OS:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1006621

An extensive "Communities" article on SCSI type:
http://communities.vmware.com/docs/DOC-10971/diff?secondVersionNumber=7

Converter Troubleshooting tips, if needed:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1004588

A little more info from VMware Pubs:
http://pubs.vmware.com/vsp40/wwhelp/wwhimpl/js/html/wwhelp.htm#href=admin/t_select_a_scsi_adapter.html

Hope that helps. I couldn't find that KB I mentioned earlier....I know I saw it, but just couldn't find it. I'll post if I do.

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Thanks. This is what I need.
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