We have new hp proliant dl 160 g6 server. my deal is to install esxi server in that host.
First point is we have ps2 keyboards and mouse, but hp server has only usb ports .we tried to use usb to ps2 connector but keyboard and mouse are not detecting..only it will work on usb keybord only?  or it will work with connector also?...let me know

second point ..As it is a new server it also has a hardware raid controllor in it. it has 2 500 gb harddisks and 3 2tb harddisks..  here the scenario is that i need to install esxi server in it. so is there any thing to be configured or installation shold be done before installing esxi server?? if there is something to be done can any body suggest me how to go further to install esxi server.

Note:- the thing is i know how to install esxi server..but i dont know what i should do before that as it is a raid server.
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andyalderConnect With a Mentor Commented:
ESXi not supported, only ESX. RAID not supported with the onboard junk controller.
You will probably have to get a USB keyboard, at least for temporary use until you have configured the server.

Use the DVD's that came with the server to setup RAID 1 on the 2 500GB disks, and a RAID 5 on the other three. Instal ESXi to a USB stick (2 or 4GB should be enough), then you can use the full HD space as datastores. Also check the HP site for that server, DELL and HP often have their own customized version of ESXi specifically for their hardware which you can download and use.
Well, the HP DL160 isn't supported by VMWare for the installation of ESXi (click on the Model/Releases TAB).

However, that's not to say that you can't get it to work.  What you will find is that if you can get it work and you have a problem, VMWare will not help  you.

A lot will depend on the model of raid controller you have installed as to whether this will work.  If it's the B110i - forget it.  If it's the SmartArray 400, you should be ok.
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sweethart143inAuthor Commented:
i am sorry the server is hp proliant dl 180 g6
Still not officially supported.  Again, it will all boil down to the RAID controller that you have.

As for configuring the RAID, use SmartStart DVD that came with the server.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What RAID controller have you got?
First, I would go to HP's site & download any update firmware & upgrade that 1st. Then, assuming your RAID Controller is supported, I would confugre a RAID 1 with the 2 500GB disks, then with the 2TB drives...well, that's a bit tricky because your datastores can't be greater than 2TB - 512MB in size, so the best/only way to use those is as single RAID. I would then install ESXi not on your drives, but on a solid USB stick. Since your host isn't on the HCL, you're really playing Russian Roulett if this will be a production host, though.


i was able to load ESXi successfully on servers which are not listed on the matrix.

check this guide out ->

you may use the RMPrepUSB tool which could help you the easiest way.

hope this helps. best regards.
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