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Can't create a Datastore on ESXi


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Hi all, 

 

I've got some trouble with an ESXi.

 

Previously, I've got a Gen7 N54L but I want to use virtualization and passthrough. So I bought a MicroServer gen8, some memory and a Xeon.I installed ESXi 6.0 with HP iso and after installation, i'm not able to create a datastore.

 

symptoms

  • using VMware and vSphere, i'm not able to create a datastore
  • error message : Call "HostStorageSystem.ComputeDiskPartitionInfo" for object "storageSystem" on ESXi  failed.
  • I try the steps described here (VMware kb 2088707) 
  • After this, I was able to create a datastore but I can't upload more than around 30meg (using SSH or wget to get a debian ISO)
  • I reinstall an ESXi 5.5 and problem is the same.
  • SSH is working but all command which are linked to hard drive seems to crash (when I want to edit store information or partition)

 

on vSphere, when I want to add a datastore

step1 - I select Disk / LUN

screenshot 2015-05-08 à 21.17.07.JPG

 

step2 - I select my HDD (one of 200go, a 2.5 fujitsu)

screenshot 2015-05-08 à 21.17.22.JPG

 

step3 - I select VMFS5

screenshot 2015-05-08 à 21.17.37.JPG

 

step4 - here, ESXi detect everything fine, sometimes it stay stuck on this step

screenshot 2015-05-08 à 21.17.59.JPG screenshot 2015-05-08 à 21.27.06.JPG

 

step5 - On validation --> error

screenshot 2015-05-08 à 21.26.14.JPG

 

 

informations and what I try

  • I try with a disk with
    • a partition with previous data and MBR,
    • a disk and no partition, 
    • a disk with one NTFS partition
    • another disk
  • ESXi is installed on a usb flash drive, on the internal USB
  • it's the same if i'm using the b120i controller or as AHCI SATA on the BIOS
  • it's the same if i'm using ESXi 5.5 or ESXi 6.0
  • my vSphere is working on a Virtual Machine (on VMware on a mac)

 

Configuration

  • MicroServer Gen8 G1610t
    • Intel Xeon E3 1230-v2 with only two core activated
    • 1* WD Green 1.5to + 1* 500go 2.5 + 1* 8go flash drive
    • 1* 2go (origin) + 1* 4go (from N54L)
    • ESXi 5.5 or ESXi 6.0 (iso from HP)
    • Sapphire HD6450 1go Low Profile
    • blu ray optical drive
    • screenshot 2015-05-08 à 20.58.18.JPG
  • MicroServer Gen7 N54L
    • AMD Turion II
    • 1* WD Green 1.5to + 1* 500go 2.5
    • 1* 4go (origin) + 1* 8go (kingston)
    • Windows 8.1
    • Sapphire HD6450 1go Low Profile
    • Full Noctua

screenshot 2015-05-08 à 20.58.18.JPG

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I found ESXi not to like the Intel AHCI controller in the G8 microserver but it was fine with the B120i. If you look in the logs, you'll see it getting stuck in a port reset loop until it finally gives up entirely and hangs various important processes. Can you look at the system logs to see what is going on?

 

Not sure why it doesn't work for you but what I did was set it back to B120i mode and downgrade the hpvsa driver.

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Need to use the ESXi image from HP for the Raid Drivers. set up the drives in atleast raid 0 single drive format and you should be good

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:blink:

 

i'm reading this forum since few months ... I was expecting it to be effective ... but at this point, i'm impressed.

 

I downgrade to ESXi 5.5, changed from the AHCI to the b120i controller, create a volume in the disk on the b120i utility and now it's working as expected.

 

Thanks a lot to GotNoTime and yodafett  :wub: 

 

Debian8 and Windows8 are being installed

 

 

by the way, do you think it's relevant to install ESXi 6.0 (over 5.5 or through a clean install) ?

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I have upgraded from 4.x to 5 to 5.5 to 6 on corporate servers with nary a problem.

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I have upgraded from 4.x to 5 to 5.5 to 6 on corporate servers with nary a problem.

 

Ok, thanks.

 

And what will be the advantage to update to ESXi6 for me ?

 

I've seen this picture, and maybe excepted the support of NFS4.1, I will not see any differences ?

Difference-between-vSphere-5.05.1-5.5-6.

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And what will be the advantage to update to ESXi6 for me ?

If you're going to run it with the free license then nothing since the C# client is all you get and that doesn't add anything new since 5.5. If however you're doing this to learn vSphere then you'll want to run the latest.

 

You may just want to run the latest because it'll be supported the longest.

 

Did you downgrade the hpvsa driver? You'll most likely experience disk performance issues if you don't. Version 88 works but anything newer causes the B120i controller to be extremely slow.

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As long as your on 5.5 Update 2 I believe you should be fine. (it gave 2012R2 support).   6.0 will have supported windows 10 and VM Hardware 11(this is for the latest from intel ect so on a gen 8 not missing anything)  I will check but I know on the desktop client on 5.5 you can not adjust the vm settings if above 9 not sure if this is still the case on 10.   I am still on 5.5u2 at home because I have 1 vm that does not like 6 yet plus I connect into a vcenter hyperv for management and snapshotting that I have yet to update as well.

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