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VMWare ESXi 5.5 and RAID controller

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I have a simple question. We are looking to build a server to run ESXi 5.5 and was wanting to know if the Adaptec 6805Q is supported by ESXi 5.5 out of the box, or if it will need drivers installed?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 100 total points
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It does not appear to be on the HCL

But reports have it, if you use this driver....

http://www.adaptec.com/en-us/downloads/vmware/vmware_esxi_5/productid=sas-7805q&dn=adaptec+raid+7805q.html

ESXi 5.5 will recognise your Storage Controller. So you may also want to use this:-

http://www.v-front.de/p/esxi-customizer.html

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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Downloaded the driver file listed, will use the esxi-customizer to create an install ISO with the correct driver. This seems to be the best solution. Thank you
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