HP P212 SAS Controller PSOD on VM ESXi 4.1

I have installed a new HP P212 (462828-B21) SAS Controller into the HP DL360 G7. My plan was to configure Pass through on the Server to allow a VM to Run Backup Exec 2010.

The hosts are Runnig ESXI 4.1 U1

Once installed i can configure pass through okay but when added to a VM and then boot i Get PSOD looking on the VMwre forums it seems as this device is not supported for Pass though mode even if HP recommend the Drive and VMWare have it on there HCL

The Tape Drive is HP Ultrium SAS 5

 Any help very welcome, it's driving me mad....
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
As you have found out, the HP P212 SAS Controller causes a PSOD.

It is not recommended to use it, for this very reason. Why HP recommend it, I do not know.

I would escalate to HP/VMware immediately if you have a support contract. But note that "tape drives and SCSI cards" are a "grey area" at VMware Support, and usually leave it up to VMware Partners to add the value to devise a solution. They may recommend a SCSI card, but as for the device (tape drive, media library) that connects to it, they often have little knowledge.
LukeFileWalkerAuthor Commented:
Cheers hanccocka, I was starting to think it was just me....sanity partially restored
Any ideas on a SAS card that will work on VM ESXI 4.1 U1?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
We always recommend an Adaptec card, which is the same advice VMware will give.

You will probably have to use VMDirectPath and a dedicated PCI controller to implement this solution. You will need to dedicate the entire controller to the backup vm so that the vm OS can detect the controller, and thus the media changer.

Please check the following for any configuration issues.

*    The tape hardware must be connected to a VMWare-supported Adaptec SCSI controller.
*    The tape hardware must be SCSI ID addressed and cannot be LUN addressed.
*    The virtual and physical SCSI Id's must match each other.
*    Fiber connected tape devices are not supported.
*    Tape devices cannot be connected to RAID controllers.
*    Tape devices should not share a BUS with any other non-tape device, and should be given their own dedicated SCSI controller.
*    The SCSI controller for the guest VM should be configured as a LSI Logic SCSI card and not the BUS logic card.
*    BUS sharing must be disabled

Have you read these articles in the VMware KB.

KB article link http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1026157

http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1016407 configuring tape drives on vSphere

See http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1010789 for more information on VMDirectPath I/O Passthrough.


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LukeFileWalkerAuthor Commented:
Well after trying and trying with that HP P212 card, both in a VM server and a physical ML350, I gave up, and got an LSI SAS card instead.

This has now been installed in the physical, non VM ML350 server and the backup is working away.

Why do HP have to make things so difficult, why??????
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