Add Single disk (NO RAID) to ESXi 5.5 Host on IBM xServer 3650 M2 with MR10i RAID controller


I want to get my disk mounted in esx 5.5 on a IBM x3650 M2 server with a MR10i RAID controller.
The machine is running fine, but I have a single disk which I need to mount in ESX and create a datastore on it.
For some reason I don't see this disk when creating the datastore.

In the webbios of the raid controller i can see this disk as unconfigured good. But I can only create arrays in the webbios, which I don't want for this single disk.

Any suggestions?

Thanks in advance

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Does the RAID controller support JBOD mode?

If you click Add Data Store do you you see the disk ?

If not it would appear that the Storage Controller is not in JBOD mode, and is not passing through a single disk, e.g. it only passes RAID Array through as a logical disk.

Often there are two LSI firmwares, IT (non-RAID)  and IR (RAID)

You need the correct firmware on the storage controller, to just present JBODS, or disks through to the OS.

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AAuthor Commented:
Hi, thank you for your suggestion.

I think that JBOD is not supported on this controller.
"The ServeRAID-MR10i SAS/SATA Controller is a low-cost PCI Express RAID controller for Internal System RAID 0, 1, 10, 5, 50, 6, and 60"

Do I understand it correctly that if I use this IT (non-RAID) firmware that all RAID functionality is removed from the controller?
If so, than this is not an option for me, because I also need the RAID functionality.

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You will have to build RAID Arrays, and logical disks, or virtual disks.

Yes, if you flash the IT firmware, RAID function disappears.
AAuthor Commented:
ok, so than I will replace the controller with one which can do both RAID and JBOD
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