VMware ESX 4.1 issues / errors... SATA RAID? (Dell PowerEdge 2950)
Posted on 2011-04-21
OK, I upgraded the space on my server. From 73GB SAS drives to 1TB SATA drives.
After a bit to do, I upgraded what I believe to be all the firmware. Dell's site is not helpful in the sense of telling you what you need to download. so it was like trying to shot fish in the ocean with a BB gun.
I could not get Hard Drive Slot 0 to work properly with the RAID controller so I ended up building the raid with just 5 drives.
When I got VMware to install it went through fine. I then went to boot and it didn't come up. I found a setting in the BIOS (regular bios not RAID bios) that said "Set to SATA" I did that, rebooted and VMware came up and installed.
Now I have 3 Virtual Disks that I created in the RAID, waited for the WHOLE background initialization go through because of above mentioned issue, I was afraid something was going to screw up.
I have my VMs from before I upgraded to the new Hard drives on my computer and I am trying to upload them. I am getting and I/O error as soon as it hits one of the large files. I cannot continue.
Could the above mentioned SATA setting screwed up the RAID so I have to re-do it? I
s there a way I can plug my external HDD up to the VMware server and just copy them over that way?
Just trying to figure out if I am missing something or have to do something over or a work around to get me back up and running!