VMware Esxi 6 Raid issue?

How can I get VMware ESXi 6.0 to recognize my Adaptec 7805 raid card after I have installed the ESXi server.
Any steps. I tried meging the drivers with the ESX custom installer tool but did not seem to pick up the card.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The first thing you *MUST* establish is your

1. server on the HCL

2. storage controller on the HCL

3. is there a driver compiled for ESXi 6.0 or available from the vendor.

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.


If you have the driver (VIB) file, all you need to do, is upload to ESXi server via SCP, upload to a vmfs datastore, and execute the esxcli software update install command to install the driver.

Reboot server, and job done.

A quick look on Google, is this your card...


download the tar bundle, extract and upload and install in ESXi.

There is even a PDF called - ESXi 6.0 ImageBuilder Instructions for Adaptec RAID Controllers, with step by step instructions.

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whorsfallAuthor Commented:

I think so for both

The server is an Intel 5000PSL server it says 5.x but does not specifically mention 6 ?

And the raid card is mentioned on 5.1




Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Well if no mention of 6.0 it's not compatible.

but did you use the driver I found, is this your card, have you tried this driver?
whorsfallAuthor Commented:
I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for whorsfall's comment #a41040592

for the following reason:

Great help thankyou
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Please Accept and Answer and award point.
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