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VMware ESXi on ML330 G6

Biz-R
Occasional Visitor

VMware ESXi on ML330 G6

Hi guys, wonder if you can help. I've just purchased an ML330 G6 and had planned to put ESXi 4.1 on it, however I'm having trouble getting it to boot post-install. I've tried with both the SATA RAID enabled and disabled, but no good - as soon as the install finishes and it reboots, I get 'non-system disk or disk error'.

 

Strangely enough, even when RAID is enabled and a 1+0 array created (2 x 250gb disks present), the VMware installer still offers me the choice of two HDDs to install to. When I try Server 2008 R2 I can install it and boot fine with RAID either enabled or disabled.

 

I don't have much experience with this range of servers, can someone point me in the right direction? I'm sure it's something simple but all firmware etc appears to be up to date.

 

Many thanks in advance.

2 REPLIES
Modris Bremze
Esteemed Contributor

Re: VMware ESXi on ML330 G6

ML330 G6 is on VMware HCL list, so if it doesn't have any custom components (different RAID controller?), it should install and work without any problems.

Ulrik_Loye
Occasional Visitor

Re: VMware ESXi on ML330 G6

HP ML330 G6 comes with two different controllers; the HP Smart Array P410 and HP Smart Array B110i.

 

The P410 is fully supported by ESXi 4 and 5.

 

The B110i is software based RAID and that's not supported by ESXi - at least not if you want to use RAID.

 

Check this page http://communities.vmware.com/message/1342212