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

Posted on 2012-09-18
Last Modified: 2012-10-23

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 -

Many Thanks
Question by:EVIL3
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    Assisted Solution

    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:
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    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!


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