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ESXi 5.1 and HP Smart Array6400 issue

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I recently picked up a HP DL360 G5 and a HP drive array. The controller is a Smart Array 6400.

I originally installed ESXi5.1 on my server w/o the storage array attached. Installed 5.1 on the single local logical drive of 68gb. Works great! Built two test vms and all is well.
I then installed the Smart Array 6400 controller and all went well with the server. I have two 2TB raid 5 configurations on the attached storage (12x500gb sata).

When i load into vSphere and look at the datastores I only see the original local datastore of 68 gigs. I do not see the storage array in the datastore view, However, I do see the storage and the two partitions when looking in 'vShere - Configuration - Storage Adapters'.
They are mounted.

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I have refreshed and rescanned etc. Does anyone know how to make this storage available for me to use?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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So Click, Storage, Add Storage

You need to Click Add Storage and follow the wizard, This should be called Add New Storage, this functions prepares and FORMATs the unallocated space as VMFS (VMware Filing System).

When you install ESXi, the installer ONLY formats the reminder of the partition space as VMFS for your VMs, and labels it datastore or datastore1. It will neverf auto-assign and create additional VMFS datastores, you need to manually do this.

Just like if you had added this space to Windows, you would need to create a partition and format as NTFS.

So this is why you have missing storage, you've not prepared it yet.
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Wow, that is really a fantastic reply time!

Thank you very much. In the process of adding and formatting each of the partitions now.

I saw some posts about this controller not being compat with 5.1 without some sort of weird workaround, but since I saw it listed I did not think I needed to downgrade to 5.0

Thanks again, especially for saving me a bunch of wasted time.
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That's no problem, glad to help.

Andy
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