Trouble setting up esxi on proliant ML370 G5

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I have tried installing several versions of the esxi software on the server but once the install is complete and I connect to the host using the vsphere client I cant add any storage device.

Any ideas?

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Just a quess. try restarting esx. drives enabled in bios?


Tried that. The drives do report the size


Via the bios
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The G5 is very old. Are you sure it and it's RAID controller is compatible with ESXi, particular current versions? Have you checked VMware's HCL whether it is on the supported list? Besides that, if the server is compatible with ESXi, you should find a customized version of ESXi you can download from the HP site, which includes drivers and management software and agents that work with it. Besides that, you would have to first setup the RAID array before it will be seen by ESXi (provided the controller is compatible). With HP you have the SmartStart CD which you boot the server from and which you use to prepare the server, create the array, and select what OS to use.
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Are the storage controller and Server Supported, on and the HCL ?

You are using the OEM HP version of ESXi ?

G5 support, is unlikely for latest versions of ESXi now, G5 was launched when ESXi 4.0 was around.
Yeah your issue most likely is you are past the HCL and its not supported

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