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VMWARE ESX and P212

VMWARE ESX and P212

I have install 2 disk in Raid 1 in my HP server, but when I install ESX server it see's them as two separate disks?

The card is on the recommend list.

has anyone had a similiar issue?
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TTr
Honored Contributor

Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

The OS does not see the physical disks that are attached to the P212. What have you created on the P212 as far as logical drives (LUNs)? It may be those that ESX sees.

Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

Its definetly seeing two separate drives.
TTr
Honored Contributor

Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

I don't doubt that. What I am saying is it is impossible for the OS to see the physical drives that are attached to a raid controller. The OS (ESX in this case) sees logical drives that the P212 presents out to the OS. If you or somebody else did not create any logical volumes (LUNs) on the P212, they may have been created automatically the first time the P212 was powered on in your server.

How many and what size physical disks you have on the P212 and how many and what size volumes do you see in ESX?

Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

There are two 160 gig drives, in raid 1.

Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

VMWARE see's them as two separte 160gb rather than 1 x 160
TTr
Honored Contributor

Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

VMware does not see the two physical disks. There is probably two 160GB raid0 LUNs on the P212.

Do you have the ACU installed in ESX? If not try installing it. That will show you what is configured in the P212.

Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

How can I install ACU in ESX?
TTr
Honored Contributor

Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

Officially HP does not support ACU on ESX but many people have tried the Linux version of ACU and has worked.
http://h18000.www1.hp.com/products/servers/proliantstorage/software-management/acumatrix/sw-drivers.html

Alternatively if you can reboot the server you can get into the ORCA (raid controller BIOS) and check the P212 configuration.
Jimmy Vance
HPE Pro

Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

When the server boots during POST, what does the p212 display, 2 logical drives? As TTr stated, it sounds like someone has created two seperate RAID 1+0 logical drives. You don't need ACU, during POST when the p212 identifies itself press F8 and look at how the drives are configured.

You will probably need to delete the 2 current logical drives then create one RAID 1+0 logical drive that contains both drives

Of course you'll lose any data on the drvies when you do this. but if this is a new install once the drives are configured properly it only takes a few minutes to re-install ESX




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marcus1234
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Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

hmmm am i missing something ,,
, i guess it is g6 but
which server model ??

Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

It doesn't actually allow me to press F8. It takes an age to initialise. I have a ML150
TTr
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Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

Is it an ML150 G6?
marcus1234
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Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

ok p212 controller on ml150 g6 correct boot of easy setup cd and check array config

http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareIndex.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodNameId=3884324&prodTypeId=15351&prodSeriesId=3884323&swLang=13&taskId=135&swEnvOID=4040

all firmwares first they fix a hostr of issues then drivers etc..

now what happens

by the way was the esx patched or was it a complete vers that did not need patching /updating

Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

Do you know where I can maintenance CD v7.30b?
marcus1234
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Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

any reason behind this ,,,,??

Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

I noticed that the firmware on the p212 was only 1.52 so I looked on the website and the firmware is upto 2.

So I thought I would install latest firmware, followed instructions. When the server tries to boot from the USB stick. It complains and tells me I need that particular firmware cd
Jimmy Vance
HPE Pro

Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

After reading through this thread again, are you positive the drives are attached to a P212? If there is a P212 in the system, during POST the card should show it's firmware revision and how many logical drives are configured and provide the F8 option to create/edit/change the array configuration. What option are you seeing at POST to configure the RAID settings?

According to the Quickspecs, the ML150 G6 shipped in two basic configurations. If using non-hotplug SATA drives the standard controller is the embbeded SATA RAID controller (Now called the Smart Array B110i). If the drives are hot-plugable SAS or SATA drives, the shipping controller is a Smart Array P410

The P212 is a supported option, but once added the drive cables need to be moved from the embedded SATA RAID controller to the P212.

The embeeded SATA controller will present the disks to the OS as two seperate disks if the driver isn't loaded, even if the RAID function is enabled in the BIOS.

If there is indeed a P212 in the system, the link Mark provided above is just for a supplemental firmware update file, you need the Firmware Maintenance CD to actually use it.

Firmware Maintenance CD 8.60
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=18964&prodSeriesId=1844067&prodNameId=1844068&swEnvOID=1005&swLang=13&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-124beffbed3842cea0b9b3f962


Firmware v2.72 supplement is the latest for the P212
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=us&prodTypeId=329290&prodSeriesId=3885791&prodNameId=3885792&swEnvOID=1005&swLang=13&mode=2&taskId=135&swItem=MTX-ff3ee732f7f446e19de99d5bc9

To use HP Smart Update Manager on the Firmware Maintenance CD version 8.40 and later:

-Place the Firmware Maintenance CD on a USB key using the HP USB Key Creator Utility.
- Place the desired firmware to be updated in the directory, /compaq/swpackages on the USB key.
- Boot from the newly created Firmware Maintenance USB key.
- Follow HP Smart Update Manager steps to complete firmware update.

HP USB Key Utility for Windows
http://h20000.www2.hp.com/bizsupport/TechSupport/SoftwareDescription.jsp?lang=en&cc=US&swItem=MTX-f1479dc5375642a7bce772f229&prodTypeId=329290&prodSeriesId=3885791

I haven't tried using the Firmware Maintenance CD on a 100 series ProLiant so I'm not 100% positive it will run. It's been to long since I've ran the easy-setup CD that comes with the 100 series systems to remember if it will do firmware updates using the supplemental files.



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Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

I purchased the p212 separately, both disks are attached to the card.

I followed the instuctions with the 8.60 firmware update CD, but it told me that the system need firmware update CD 7.40b

So is there any wheree I can download that.

Otherwise I am going to send the card back
Jimmy Vance
HPE Pro

Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

How did you originally configure the RAID? can you provide a screenshot showing the current RAID configuration?




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marcus1234
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Re: VMWARE ESX and P212

supportwelldon

unfortunately firmware cd still does not support 100 series servers ,
so options are easysetup cd or use supplemental firmwar posted above, or boot from usb stick with rom on it after creating a usb stick thats bootable with hp utility,

not used easy setup cd on this particular server it is actually not to be used on diff 100 series servers as they are a little diff.. and not compatible with each other ,so use the correct version ,

can u enter bios of sys board and post screen shot of the controllers and a screenshot showing which is selected for boot option,

also in the controller f8 screen shot of that , controller setup

and with the easy setup you can run diagnostics and post that it may reveal controllers and whats actually connected to what..