Hey, I am trying to set up esxi 5.0 on a Supermicro 1U with an X6DHR-3G2 motherboard in it and I have 4 80 Gig sata drives in it. These drives are connected to the onboard adaptec raid controler and have been set up as raid 0, 1, 10, and jbod. In all instances I am able to get to the portion of the install where it lists the drives and nothing shows on the screen. I would like to be able to run these as raid 10 and am wondering if there is a way to add the correct raid drivers during the install like with windows, or if there is a way to slipstream them into the install disk to make vsphere work. I am hoping not to have to invest in a new raid card as I have 12 of these servers and new cards for them would be extremely expensive. The other question I have is this, Is raid even needed with vsphere when you are running several servers in a cluster? Does Vsphere have its own redundancy built in? Anyway, if you havn't already guessed, this is my first adventure with VMware or any virtualization. So, my last question if no to all the others is what would you recommend as an alternative to Vmware that will accomplish the same goals? Goals are to run several servers in cluster as one large virtualization platform with low software overhead for the purpose of deploying virtual machines to run several different kinds of tasks. Thanks for any responses.
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vsphere is not the virtualization engine. Esxi is. Vsphere is the management tool to manage multiple esxi hosts and bring together the features like vmotion. vSphere has a hardware compatibility list that you should reference to make sure everything you use is on the list.
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