Vmware ESXi raid controller compatibility


i need a raid controller for my server running ESXi 5.1, but i dont know what to but. i dont want an expensive fancy model, just one for testing. i know that there is this compatible guide, but it only have some Xeon cpu compatible cards. And then i am a bit lost in the jungle..

can you recommend me an adapter.
my requirement is:
at least sata 2 (300)
at least 4 sata 2 ports
interface: Pci express 1 or 2 or 4 or 8
i would prefar: raid 5 if possible

thanks a lot..
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)Connect With a Mentor VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
this is the definitive list:-

Check the VMware HCL (Hardware Compatability Lists) here




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I can confirm the following work with ESXi 5.1

LSI SAS 9211-4i (4 port SAS/SATA)
LSI SAS 9211-8i (8 port SAS/SATA)
LSI SAS3081E-R (available in 4 and 8 port versions)
HP Smart Array Controllers P410

all the above are available on eBay, these are not cheap cards, but do work with ESXi 5.x.
DavidConnect With a Mentor PresidentCommented:
Well, you have the HCL. I would go to ebay or a used computer/server seller locally and pick up a LSI SAS/SATA controller.  Should be under $50
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webdealerAuthor Commented:
Thank you.  The price are acceptable.  i just want to be sure that it worked together..

Thank you for fast reply
Note - don't even THINK of doing RAID5 unless you have enterprise-class storage.  If you have cheap desktop consumer drives, go RAID1.
webdealerAuthor Commented:
yea.. but i would like performace with as many disk as possible, and no waste of space..  thats why i would like raid 5 ..   only one disk will be used as prioty disk :)
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