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Old 06-04-2010, 04:15 PM   #1
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RAID card for vmware esxi, and some other esxi questions

What RAID cards do you guys recommend for vmware esxi? I've never setup an esxi box before, and I was originally planning on going with a 3ware card. However, I see that they aren't officially support by vmware, so I'm concerned that it's not the best choice.

I need something that will support at least 8 SATA drives.

How does vmware make the volumes available to the operating system? Does it allow direct access to the RAID hardware, or is the hardware virtualized?

Any other recommendations in regards to getting this thing setup? Will the WD RE3 or RE4 be sufficient for a 25-client fileserver? Will there be any issues with using a large array size (> 2TB)?

Thanks in advance!

Old 06-04-2010, 04:57 PM   #2
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For esxi use the supported hardware list. If you're going to put anything that requires stability on it make sure you use things in that list. You can fudge on some items, on something like a raid card though... I wouldn't try.


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