vmware esxi 4.1 hp proliand dl360 g7 install

Hello all, just got this nrand new dl360 g7 server with a p410i controller setup as raid 5. everything can see the raid exept what i want. which is esxi 4.1.  i have this controller on other servers and had no issues. hp said the drivers are included already on the install cd for esxi.

any thoughts?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Everything can see the RAID except what I want?

do you mean that ESXi cannot see the RAID datastore?
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ComptxAuthor Commented:
han, what i meant is that i cannot install esxi because it does not see the raid drives. its around 2.7GB
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coolsport00Commented:
If your RAID is > 2TB, that could be the issue. If this RAID is your only storage in the host, I recommend installing ESXi on a USB stick to separate the install from datastore/VM storage. You could run into issues later with expansion and/or if you have issues with your hypervisor install such that you need to do a reinstall. If it's separate from your VMFS volume, you minimize the risk of losing data.

~coolsport00
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ComptxAuthor Commented:
i also have deleted and recreated the raid from within the press f8 controller options
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coolsport00Commented:
See this previous thread from a poster who was trying to use RAID > 2TB:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_26820321.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+10+30+p410i

~coolsport00
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
ESX has a max limit of 2TB - 512bytes for the RAID storage.

Create a smaller logical disk in the array settings or us a USB or SD card as @coolsport00 has suggested.

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ComptxAuthor Commented:
han, does that 2tb limit also affect esxi? not just esx?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
yes. all VMware ESXi/ESX.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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ComptxAuthor Commented:
well, that seems to have done the trick. however its not a configuration i am happy with.

got 5 600gb drives total, had to use 2 of those on a raid 1 for  just the esxi install and the other 1.09tb for the remaining drives on a raid 5...   server doesnt have a sd card slot so im not sure how to approach that.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
the DL360s I've used have USB and SD card slot!

we've always install ESXi (embedded) on USB and SD cards.

and then create small datastores for VMs. (if using local disks!)
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ComptxAuthor Commented:
Will installing esxi like that have any impact on performance?
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coolsport00Commented:
No, because you don't run anything 'from' the hypervisor. Your VMs are and their virtual disks are on your RAID. Performance is dependent upon NIC speed, disk speed/RAID, CPU, memory, and LAN and/or WAN speed, phys switch speed, etc.

~coolsport00
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ComptxAuthor Commented:
Cool. Thanks all.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
in fact, it has better resilience, because SD and Flash drives don't usually fail, like RAID drives and controllers!
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coolsport00Commented:
But, if it does fail, you don't have a failover option like you would with a RAID1 (or 5, etc.). So, make a copy of your USB if you do go that route.

~coolsport00
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ComptxAuthor Commented:
would copy/paste all content from the usb to another usb work just fine?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No.

Use an imaging tool.

Winimage to "image" the USB drive, it contains partitions, not just files. We often image our clients final ESXi installs, just in case. Oh and make sure you purchase good quality branded flash drives. e.g. Sandisk, HP etc.

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ComptxAuthor Commented:
I got some hp v165w 2gb. Is that big enough?
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ComptxAuthor Commented:
ooops, 4GB, not 2
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
2G will do, but HP v165w 4GB, that what we use!
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