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ESX5.1 doesnt recognise SAS cards

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Hi all,

Havent got much build time on this one so looking for help. Have a couple of new HP DL160 G8's with SAS interface cards. They are plugging straight into my HP P2000 SAS controller. The idea is to have both ESX servers attach direct to the 2 controllers on the SAN.

My first issue is that ESX doesn't appear to know anything about the SAS card installed. DO I have to install the drivers manually, if so how do I do this?

Thanks

Matt
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by:Ahmet Keçeciler
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Hello,

Could you please share the SAS card model ?
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Did you use the HP OEM version of ESXi?

which version are you installing?

Have you checked that the SAS cards are on the HCL?

Check the VMware Hardware Compatability Lists HCL here

The VMware Hardware Compatibility List is the detailed lists showing actual vendor devices that are either physically tested or are similar to the devices tested by VMware or VMware partners. Items on the list are tested with VMware products and are known to operate correctly.Devices which are not on the list may function, but will not be supported by VMware.

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl
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by:Matt
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Installing Esxi 5.1

No I didn't use the HP OEM version. Where do I get this? should I have installed this?

The card is HP H221 adapter
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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If installing on HP servers, you should use the OEM HP version of ESXi 5.1.

downloads are here

http://h18004.www1.hp.com/products/servers/software/vmware/esxi-image.html
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by:Matt
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Ok this has worked. thanks
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no problems
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by:Matt
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Wow. This direst attached storage makes life very easy. Thanks for help.
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very fast as well.
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