Dell R710 Embedded ESXi question

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Hi Experts,

Basically I am doing some digging to see how it  is installed on the far I have:

/bootbank -> /vmfs/volumes/9dce70ec-7e2dba09-1265-13b8642bf37e

vmkfstools -P /vmfs/volumes/9dce70ec-7e2dba09-1265-13b8642bf37e
vfat-0.04 file system spanning 1 partitions.
File system label (if any):
Mode: private
Capacity 261853184 (63929 file blocks * 4096), 102584320 (25045 blocks) avail
UUID: 9dce70ec-7e2dba09-1265-13b8642bf37e
Partitions spanned (on "disks"):
Is Native Snapshot Capable: NO

 esxcli storage core device list | grep -A27 mpx.vmhba32:C0:T0:L0
   Display Name: Local USB Direct-Access (mpx.vmhba32:C0:T0:L0)
   Has Settable Display Name: false
   Size: 1946
   Device Type: Direct-Access
   Multipath Plugin: NMP
  Devfs Path: /vmfs/devices/disks/mpx.vmhba32:C0:T0:L0
   Vendor: Single
   Model: Flash Reader

   Revision: 1.00
   SCSI Level: 2
   Is Pseudo: false
   Status: on
   Is RDM Capable: false
   Is Local: true
  Is Removable: true
   Is SSD: false
   Is Offline: false
   Is Perennially Reserved: false
   Queue Full Sample Size: 0
   Queue Full Threshold: 0
   Thin Provisioning Status: unknown
   Attached Filters:
   VAAI Status: unsupported
   Other UIDs: vml.0000000000766d68626133323a303a30
   Is Local SAS Device: false
   Is Boot USB Device: true

So this tells me that it is installed on some inetrnal flash storage.....correct?

But when I go into the iDRAC6 all I get is :

 Operating System      VMware ESXi 5.1.0 build-1117900      
Operating System Version      5.1.0 Update 1 Patch 13 (build-1117900)...
 vFlash       - Absent
 Note: SD card not detected. Please insert an SD card of size 256MB or greater.

So how the hell is it installed on this R710? if it is removable is it on a usb stick inside or outside?

Also why does none of the show up int he client when I click on storage/devices? I see all the SAN LUNs and the CDROm but none of this?
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It looks like it is installed on an external USB drive.  I would suggest looking at the system to see if you can locate it on the device.  I have used the R710 before and I don't recall them having an internal removable flash memory.  Let me know what you find out.
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R710 has internal USB flash drive slot!

R710 Internal USB slot at the front
We have a number in the rack, with them plugged in and running ESXi on USB flash drives.

what is the output from

  esxcfg-info -e

if you type this at the console or SSH remotely.
interestingly its on a single SD card (see attached), I took it out and it wouldnt boot to anything. I have been told by one of the guys here that the iDRAC says no SD because its looking for the iDRAC SD card and not the one used for booting?
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you have an SD card module!!!

and next to it, USB socket...

Very good to know.  Thanks for the update.


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for the following reason:

Turns out it has an SD card


It does have an internal USB port, all 710s do but from what I understand the iDRAC reports no SD card for is iDRAC not the actual bootable SD slot which is an optional extra.

This server as shown in my attachment has a bootable SD slot and this is what ESXi is booing off

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