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  • 1.  ESXi 4 RAID

    Posted Jul 28, 2009 01:39 PM

    I recently purchased a Tyan 2927-E motherboard and have found out that the onboard RAID (Nvidia MCP55) isn't supported as a RAID solution for ESXi 4.0. What is a good, reasonably priced solution for a RAID controller card to host two or four 300 GB HDD's?

  • 2.  RE: ESXi 4 RAID

    Posted Jul 29, 2009 11:34 AM

    You know, the most trustworthy way to ensure that your RAID array will be supported by VmWare ESX - to use software RAID. For this case I can recommend you the choice of mine - Starwind iSCSI. It supports RAID-0, what lets you to easily create also a failover server.



  • 3.  RE: ESXi 4 RAID

    Posted Jul 29, 2009 11:53 AM

    Tim, with all the respect to Starwind iSCSI it can not be used as RAID for local storage.


    VMware vExpert '2009

  • 4.  RE: ESXi 4 RAID

    Posted Jul 29, 2009 12:57 PM

    For local it maybe not best solution, but because of it`s iSCSI solution it allows to connect to RAID from remote machine.

  • 5.  RE: ESXi 4 RAID

    Posted Jul 29, 2009 11:44 AM

    Here's a good place to start:

    And maybe specifically here:

  • 6.  RE: ESXi 4 RAID

    Posted Jul 29, 2009 01:35 PM

    That is definitely an interesting and helpful site. I see that many people use the Adaptec 2410SA RAID controller. My only question then is if people are using this in a bootable RAID 1 fashion?

  • 7.  RE: ESXi 4 RAID
    Best Answer

    Posted Jul 31, 2009 07:38 AM

    I am using Addaptec 2405 with 2 1TB Samsungs as Raid 1 -> works great

  • 8.  RE: ESXi 4 RAID

    Posted Jul 31, 2009 03:29 PM

    I've got that adapter on order and from the reviews I've seen online, I shouldn't have too much of a problem with it. Thank you all for your help!