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Looking for SATA RAID Card for Mini-ITX server running VMWare ESX

Hi

I have built myself a little ESXi server, its running an ASUS P8H67-I mini-itx motherboard, with 4 SATA drives plugged into it. Unfortunately the onboard RAID is not compatible with ESXi.

So I'm looking for suggestions for an alternative RAID card, key points are

Its PCIe and needs to fit into mini-ITX NAS case
It has 4x SATA Ports
Its VMWare compatible
Its cheap

I was considering - http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/PCI-Express-SATA-II-4-Port-Controller-RAID-Card-/290708157526?pt=US_Drive_Enclosures_Docks&hash=item43af8e7456#ht_1051wt_674


Many Thanks
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rindiCommented:
You can totally forget "Cheap". ESXi only works with real hardware RAID controllers, and those are never cheap. It won't work with the fake-raid controllers built into mainboards and low-end servers. Something that should work is in the Link below:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816103092
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
SIL chipset is not supported. As @Rindi has pointed out, you have a contradiction, The VMware Hypervisor (ESXi) is designed for Commericial Organisers, which clashes with homebrew cheap components!

The following are low profile and work, but are not CHEAP like the Budgie!

LSI SAS 9211-4i
LSI SAS 92114-8i
LSI SAS 3081E-R
IBM BR10i

Some of the Highpoint cards are cheaper!

or

Check the VMware HCL (Hardware Compatability Lists) here

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl

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

http://partnerweb.vmware.com/comp_guide2/search.php

Whitebox HCL
http://vm-help.com/Whitebox_HCL.php

Ultimate Whitebox
http://ultimatewhitebox.com/

VMware Communities
http://communities.vmware.com/cshwsw.jspa
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