I schemed a plan where I would load up the disks as individual data stores on the host and through a virtual machine server use the disk management utility or an alternative program to RAID the 3 hard disks together so they appear as a single volume. We recommend that you t est your exact system configuration outside of your production network first to prevent problems or unexpected downtime. Free for a single host. It does seem cumbersome, if a drive fails, can I really have redundancy that way? However, if you had a problem with your ESXi install or thumbstick, it doesn’t take long to set up a new one then import the VM’s.
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RobinGill You’ll find on careful inspection that I wrote several messages in that thread look for the guy peeing on Microsoft. By loading or using the Software, you agree to the terms of this Agreement.
I guess I could just stick with dedicated disks and load up the HDDS as individual datastores, then use software RAID through a virtual machines – but I am worried about how redudnancy will behave when one disk raaid fails could I just swap them out like a hardware raid? You may not export the Software in violation of applicable export laws and regulations. The username and password required are the root username and password of the ESXi Host.
I was told there may be compatability problems between VMware and my Intel server model but I checked and its on its approved compatability list so that couldnt be it. Windows can deal raix this through its bootloader process and I imagine VMWare could as well but they never will because as others have pointed out, ICHR RAID isn’t “pro grade” due to its lack of a dedicated parity processor ICHR uses your x86 CPU inel actually does an outstanding job when setup right and the inherent dangers in that such as the fact that your CPU is a general purpose processor doing many other things making it FAR more prone to crashing than a dedicated parity processor.
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I’m also dealing with a similar issue and my server is on the compatability list. I have found one article at http: Intel does not warrant or assume responsibility for the accuracy or completeness of any information, text, graphics, links or other items contained within the Software. Like I said in the original post it was shown in the compatability list see below so no thats not the issue.
VMware* ESXi 5.0 Installation and Tips and Tricks for Intel® RAID Web Console 2
When I boot the ESXi 5. This rraid to work fine and I was able to access the ESXi environment from vsphere. However, if you had a problem with your ESXi install or thumbstick, it doesn’t take long gaid set up a new one then import the VM’s.
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I won’t even run fakeraid at home. At a minimum such license shall safeguard Intel’s ownership rights to the Software. You may not sublicense or permit simultaneous use of the Software by more than one user. ESXi will only respond to unicast requests. Have something to contribute to this discussion?
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The reason for this is because the raid doesn’t exist as a volume to be exposed through a controller driver the real explanation for what all the kids call “fakeraid”.
Even if you do get ti working, there is no guarantee on stability. If you’re really set on using this board as the base for a VMware server, this intl what you do: For instance Virtualbox running on Ubuntu Server would work. Verify that this utility has been tested with the RAID card you have chosen to use by checking the drivers web page for your controller.