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SOS: ESXi 6.5 installed on MS Gen8 ,but all 4 hardisk with raid 0 can't be seen at all


seanyang2006
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Can anyone tell me how to proceed with this stuck---I'm totally new to ESXi.

Before:

  ESXi 6.5(HPE customized ISO) installed successfully on a SSD , then logged into ESXi web interface with root privilege , SSD can be seen as datastore1 , I also can create the VM on the SSD and I did created 1 VMs successfully (windows server 2012 R2),  but i can't add another 3 hard disks in the bay as datastore even I can find them on the Storage-Devices list. At this time all hardware pass-through not enabled yet. 

 

Then:

  I enabled the Passthrough functionality for all possible hardware I can found in the Manage-Hardware list. As the following:

 hw_passthrough_1.jpg

  hw_passthrough_2.jpg

  

Now:

 

  I can't see anything ,even the SSD in the storage , not mention to create VM!   And the old VM Windowser 2012 R2 can't be loaded.

 

NO_devices.jpg

 

  And I just listed the packages I found on the Manage|Packages list --I don't know if it works or not? 

 

packages.jpg

 

Can anybody help on this issue ? Thanks

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One thing is ,I used HI Intelligent Provisioning to install the ESXi 6.5 ISO image , but If I configured the installation with "Customization" ,  HP IP always tells me "Can't find any valid media" -- Then I only can get proceeding with Manual installation --HP IP will tell me: This media can't be verified but it still will be booted ,please confirm--then I can go with further installation.

 

So, I doubted that my download of ESXi 6.5/6.0 ISO image is not qualified for HP IP customization installation since I don't have HP support license ? 

But how can I get a valid ISO image ? or It was designed in this way that I just only can install ESXi 6.0/6.5 manually?

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Generally, you need at least two storage controllers in a server to use pass through. If you have a SSD hosting your VM's and three data drives on the B120i, when you enable pass through for the B120i you are passing all four drives directly to the VM.

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Thanks, schoondoggy , my issue is , I did the passthru for B120i ,then I can't see any drive after reboot and so the VM on SSD also can't be seen at all. 

With your point , do you mean I can't use passthru in MS Gen8 for B120i? 

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You can pass through the B120i, but you need to have a second storage controller added to the server, a RAID card or a SATA/SAS card. The drives you want to pass through need to be on a storage controller separate from your VM drive.

 

There are several threads that have touched on this:

http://homeservershow.com/forums/index.php?/topic/11720-b120i-no-storage-disk/

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Thanks so much for your help!

Actually ,I had configured all the 4 discs(3 harddiscs+1SSD ) into raid0 respectively under B120i , and I had 2 more questions:

 1. In EXSI 6.X, I only can see the SSD as datastore1 , for other 3 hard discs I can browse them in device list ,but I can't add them as datastore for ESXi ---why ? is there a way that I can transfer the hard discs(raid 0 respectively under B120i) to a VM datastore?

 2. Is that possible to use ACHI for SSD only and  simultaneously use B120i for the other 3 hard discs?  

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Thanks for reply.

Yes, i want to try , but it will request to format the disk ....and my problem is ,the disc is 3T big with data,I can't format it ...and it's hard for me to back up them(10T....) ...

So, it seems that no way to use ESXi 6.5 for my case---B120i raid 0 hard disc can't be read directly (without formatting to VMFS)by ESXi host as datastore?

 

BTW, i had tried RDM solution ,failed with error : Failed to create virtual disk: The specified device is not a valid physical disk device (20).

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You could add a SATA/SAS card to the server and have it passthrough to your VM with your drives intact. LSI based cards like the IBM M1015 with IT firmware work well or you could try a Marvell based card with a SFF-8087 port.

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