Lenovo Raid 700 II controller not showing status in ESXi 5.1

Hi Everyone,

Hopefully a quick one. We have a Lenovo RD430 server which we upgraded the raid controller to the Lenovo 700 II adapter. We loaded ESXi version 5.1 on it and it is not showing us any storage controller info.  We can see the SAS drives and we are able to run VM's on them but we do not have a storage tab/section under health status.

Any ideas?


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TheSonicGodConnect With a Mentor Author Commented:
Hi Everyone,

We contacted Lenovo support and here is their exact response:

At this point in time you will have to leverage the LSI MegaRAID Storage Manager Utility to report Drive Data.  
It is a free download from our support site or from LSI site.  In our next Gen – (Q3/Q4 2014) HDD”s will be able to be monitored via the Hypervisor.

So this card can be used with ESXi but you can not monitor it from the console with VMware.

Hope that helps anyone who is facing the same issue after we all paid the extra money to upgrade the card to the 700.

Just an FYI...  the built-in Raid on the motherboard for this server can be monitored in ESXi.


Luciano PatrãoConnect With a Mentor ICT Senior Infraestructure  Engineer  Commented:

First did you apply any updates on the ESXi?

Did you install the drives that you can find in lenovo support???


TheSonicGodAuthor Commented:
Call Lenovo support myself and posted their office solution to the issue
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