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Proliant ML330 G6 VMWare ESXi doesn't understand RAID, Windows Server 2012 Datacenter can't install

 
whataniceplace
Occasional Visitor

Proliant ML330 G6 VMWare ESXi doesn't understand RAID, Windows Server 2012 Datacenter can't install

I have Proliant ML330 G6 with two 1TB Seagate Baracuda drives. I created RAID1+0 logical disk(the only other option was RAID0). Here's what happened during ESXi and Windows Server 2012 Datacenter Server Core only installations:

 

ESXi 5.5.0 - Instead of RAID it was my two drives as plain SATA. So I could pick one or the other to install ESXi on. Installation was a success but my gripe with ESXi is that it didn't see a single logical RAID disk with size of 1TB.

 

Windows Server 2012 -  Didn't see RAID too. Downloaded HP Smart Array B110i SATA RAID Controller from here:

 

http://h20564.www2.hp.com/hpsc/swd/public/readIndex?sp4ts.oid=3958194&swLangOid=8&swEnvOid=4138

 

Applied the drivers during installation. A single RAID drive showed up but Windows said it couldn't install itself on it. And told me to check if my RAID is enabled.

 

So, my question is why neither of them worked properly with RAID. Is Proliant's hardware/software not suported by these hypervisors or can you actually make it work somehow(how?)?

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hpkasabbagh
Frequent Advisor

Re: Proliant ML330 G6 VMWare ESXi doesn't understand RAID, Windows Server 2012 Datacenter can't inst

Hi,

 

For ESXi: RAID 1+0 it's RAID 1 (blocks mirrored and Redundant ). It is normale that he sees 1T only.

 

For Windows 2012 datacenter, is not supported for ML330G6: http://h20195.www2.hp.com/v2/GetPDF.aspx%2F4AA4-7658ENW.pdf

 

But The Essentials edition (OS supported) can also be enabled as a role in Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter.