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randman
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I use the HP P222 controller for my RAID, so I don't use the B120i controller. Will the B120i, even though I am not using it, cause me any trouble if I were to install (or in the future upgrade) to ESXi 7.0?

 

EDIT: I found my old notes. I had disabled my B120i a long time ago via: 

 

BIOS->PCI Device Enable/Disable->Embedded HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i RAID Controller->
Enabled is Default. I changed to Disable
BIOS->Boot Controller Order: I made P222 first and B120i second (B120i was 1st originally)

 

So, I would assume that above change will result in B120i not impacting an ESXi 7.0 install or upgrade.

 

Good news is that the HP P222 controller shows up in VMWare's Compatibility guide:

1665299373_VMWare7.0HPP222Compatibility.thumb.png.546cf58f2a3a031648cb1f906f4b34b1.png

https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/detail.php?deviceCategory=io&productid=20933

 

 

 

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thiagotgc
1 hour ago, randman said:

Eu uso o controlador HP P222 para o meu RAID, portanto não uso o controlador B120i. O B120i, mesmo que não o esteja usando, me causará problemas se eu instalar (ou no futuro atualizar) o ESXi 7.0?

 

EDIT: Encontrei minhas anotações antigas. Eu havia desativado meu B120i há muito tempo via: 

 

BIOS-> Dispositivo PCI Ativar / Desativar-> Controlador RAID HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i incorporado->
Ativado é o padrão.
Mudei para Desativar BIOS-> Ordem do controlador de inicialização: criei o P222 primeiro e o B120i em segundo (o B120i foi o primeiro)

 

Portanto, suponho que a alteração acima resultará no B120i não afetando uma instalação ou atualização do ESXi 7.0.

 

A boa notícia é que o controlador HP P222 aparece no guia de compatibilidade do VMWare:

1665299373_VMWare7.0HPP222Compatibility.thumb.png.546cf58f2a3a031648cb1f906f4b34b1.png

https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/detail.php?deviceCategory=io&productid=20933

 

 

 

 

Did you notice any increase in speed? Worth it? I'm thinking of buying on AliExpress

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randman
6 hours ago, thiagotgc said:

 

Did you notice any increase in speed? Worth it? I'm thinking of buying on AliExpress

 

At the time I got the P222 (nearly 5 years ago), I wanted hardware RAID, which has advantages over software RAID. And if I recall correctly, back then, some folks were having trouble with the B120i driver (some issue with being abnormally slow). So, I got the P222 right around the time I got my server.  I didn't bother running any formal quantitative tests to compare with the B120i. 

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E3000
On 5/8/2020 at 1:03 AM, randman said:

 

At the time I got the P222 (nearly 5 years ago), I wanted hardware RAID, which has advantages over software RAID. And if I recall correctly, back then, some folks were having trouble with the B120i driver (some issue with being abnormally slow). So, I got the P222 right around the time I got my server.  I didn't bother running any formal quantitative tests to compare with the B120i. 


What about fan speed/noise?

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randman
23 hours ago, E3000 said:


What about fan speed/noise?

 

No problems with fan noise on my server with P222.

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thiagotgc
23 hours ago, E3000 said:


What about fan speed/noise?

 

In my tests, I have realized, that some HD models can be the problem of FAN

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E3000
13 hours ago, thiagotgc said:

 

In my tests, I have realized, that some HD models can be the problem of FAN


I read somewhere on here that adding PCIe cards always increase the fan speed/noise.

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