We recommend that you t est your exact system configuration outside of your production network first to prevent problems or unexpected downtime. Windows can deal with this through its bootloader process and I imagine VMWare could as well but they never will because as others have pointed out, ICHR RAID isn’t “pro grade” due to its lack of a dedicated parity processor ICHR uses your x86 CPU which actually does an outstanding job when setup right and the inherent dangers in that such as the fact that your CPU is a general purpose processor doing many other things making it FAR more prone to crashing than a dedicated parity processor. It is recommended that you attempt this installation on a laboratory or test system before deploying this into a production live system or environment. I was forced to create a software RAID set on my Windows Server and the performance is no where near as good and I lack any kind of redundancy. When you have been able to Discover the Host, you should be able to login. The PCI id is: I was told there may be compatability problems between VMware and my Intel server model but I checked and its on its approved compatability list so that couldnt be it.

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Home Questions Tags Users Unanswered. If you’re really set on using this board as the base for a VMware server, this is what you do: The Software may include portions offered on terms in addition to those set out here, as set out in a raidd accompanying those portions. Basically the problem is that the ESXi 5.


If you are set on using software RAID I recommend a virtualization platform which runs upon a Linux distribution with better hardware support. By using our site, you acknowledge that you have read and faid our Cookie PolicyPrivacy Policyand our Terms of Service. Even if you do get ti working, there is no guarantee on stability.

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I was told there may be compatability problems between VMware and my Intel server model but I checked and its intell its approved compatability list so that couldnt be it. There are unofficial drivers that you can install on ESXi to support additional hardware, including a “dmraid” one for Intel Matrix RAID your chipset’s fakeraidbut you’re going out on a limb if you do that.

Share Share this article Link to article. Like I said in the original post it was shown in the compatability list see below so no thats not the issue.

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Buy one, preferably one that includes a battery. However when I booted the system back up it appeared as though the integrity of the RAID5 degraded after adding each drive separately probably because it had to load up a VMFS onto each drive thereby breaking the array.

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