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ESXi 5.1 no disk available

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I am installing ESXi 5.1 on a new server. When the installation gets to the point where it is asking to choose a disk for installation there is no disk available, local or remote. I am installing the software on an HP DL 380e Gen 8, 2  - E5 2420 Xeon processors, 64 GiB ram, 2 mirrored 300GiB SAS hard disks, HP Dynamic Smart Array B320i controller. VMware KB articles have stated that  local SAS disk may list as remote but can still be selected, but the machine is not listing the disk as local or remote.
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Thanks, I'll try this.
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If you download ESXi from VMware, I would suggest try downloading the HP OEM from HP for your server.

It also includes the additional drivers and management support for your server.

Also, I would encourage you to look at the benefits of install ESXi onto a USB flash drive or SD card.

Here is the VMware KB on installing 5.x on USB/SD:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2004784
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Loading the ESXi download from HP fixed the problem. Thanks for your help and quick replies.
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