Dell R900 and Dell powervault Md1000

How do I configure Dell R900 with ESX 5.5 to get the volume from MD1000 which is connection as DAS? It used to be an old ESX server 4 with DAS in MD1000 but now I upgraded to Esx 5.5  after I migrated all VM to new server.
I want to upgrade datastore wiith new HDD and use it for file backup with RAID 5 but I could find any document to configure MD1000 with poweredge R900.
When I boot up and go to array configuration of R900 it only shows local RAID does not show MD1000 connection to DAS. Which of course was accessible before I upgraded OS.
I got 5 new HDD with 2 TB which I am planning to replace with existing drive of 1 TB on MD1000 and may be add more in future once it starts working
prashant chettriAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
So, the only thing which has changed is the ESXi OS?

from 4 to 5.5 ?

I cannot even find, if the MD 1000 is on the VMware HCL.

Check the VMware Hardware Compatability Lists HCL here

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prashant chettriAuthor Commented:
let's forget the vmware in question, if the question is phrased on  dell hardware perspective -

What is the procedure to configure powervault MD1000 on Dell R900 server?
What are the suggested OS for configuring it?
Does it need to be configured from OS level or it could be configured before bootup using Dell utility?
If I Vmware 5.5 not supported, I am ready to try it on Win 8 or older ESX, if the configuration to provisioned storage is merely hindered by OS layer.
Most, importantly I am trying to find documentation and  instruction for R900 to powervault MD1000 storage.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The MD1000 is just a disk enclosure connected to a Dell PERC via a SAS cable.

The Storage Controller BIOS should detect the disks in the chassis, and you created a virtual disk, on the MD1000, just the same as you would create a virtual disk, on a bunch of disks, attached internally.

Are you using a RAID controller ?
prashant chettriAuthor Commented:
Thanks it was helpful. I was able to see the DAS drive on PerC 0 instead of 1. Now I can take all disk out and insert new drive for new RAID configuration with higher capacity. Currently I am planning to do RAID of only 5 disk with each 2 tb in size. Would I be able to extend it in future without compromising performance, if I stick to same drive size?
Would I also be able to make to two vdisk on Pvault md1000 with grouping of 5 2 tb and grouping of existing 147 for the rest?
prashant chettriAuthor Commented:
I was able to configure it from BIOS raid controller and create Vdisk... thanks for your help.
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