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Cannot attach Storage to Esxi 5.1 LSI megaraid SAS 9240-8i

We are preparring a LENOVO THINKSERVER TD230
for Esxi 5.1

It has a raid 10 configured on the internal LSI megaraid SAS 9240-8i  controller

The partition is currently NTFS as we had Windows Server already loaded then decided to virualize

In Vsphere we cannot add the Disk/LUN to format and prepare with VMFS.  IT doesnt see anything but the 8G flash drive the kernel is running on =((

Please help the device is in HCL and fully supported

Jason
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Hi Jason

where did you see this server listed on the VMware HCL

http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php

I just checked and did not see it listed.

I would destroy the RAID10 array and nuke the NTFS partition with DBAN, update firmware.

check, is the storage controller listed in vSphere Client?

if not login to ESXi console or ssh, and use lspci to check if PCI card is listed on the bus.
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j-teksolutionsAuthor Commented:
If I destroy the Raid 10 thats fine why the need to nuke the partition?   Once the raid is gone all partitions are gone with it?
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j-teksolutionsAuthor Commented:
Shouldnt I be able to see the raid container and format it VMFS once in vsphere?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
sometimes destroying the RAID does not destroy partition, depends on controller.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
do you see the device?
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j-teksolutionsAuthor Commented:
Interesting thanks for that info=)   Of course rescan does nothing you still only see the usb flash drive FYI thanks for your prompt help!
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j-teksolutionsAuthor Commented:
devices
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
do you see the controller under storage devices?

yes, found the server, I looked could not see it listed.

storage controller is fine we use them here.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
check storage adaptors?

what is that 3.6TB ?

what is the raid size? 3.6tb ?
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j-teksolutionsAuthor Commented:
ITs there! you are correct so strange it did appear after a rescan
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
if you click Add Storage? or create datastore and follow wizard
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j-teksolutionsAuthor Commented:
VMFS-5 -   I assume this means if I format this way that I cannot move a vm from 4.1 to this 5.1 platform correct?  You would need to convert?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Not true, only ESX 5.x hosts can read VMFS5. this is local disk so no issues
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
moving a VM from 4.x to 5.x via vMotion, Storage vMotion is fine!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
go ahead with vmfs5
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j-teksolutionsAuthor Commented:
Thanks hanccocka working perfectly!!
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