Maxim Klyushkov2012-09-28 16:47:51
Maxim Klyushkov, 2012-09-28 16:47:51

ESXi 5(5.1) simple RAID controller?

Good afternoon, colleagues.

I have ESXi 5 at home as a home lab, and after a year of continuous work, a hard drive began to crumble, on which half a dozen virtual machines and the hypervisor itself. While all the data is intact, I want to reinstall the hypervisor on a USB flash drive and assemble RAID1 so that I don’t worry about the system for another year or two.

So the question is: which RAID controller to use? I would like something simple (up to 3000 rubles), but I'm not sure that ESXi will see the array, or be able to monitor the status of disks in the array.

What do you advise?

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mark_ablov, 2012-09-28

www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=io&releases=171&deviceTypes=13 ,14&page=1&display_interval=10&sortColumn=Partner&sortOrder=Asc

navion, 2012-09-29

Adaptec 2405 or LSI 9240, but kit versions will cost more than 7 thousand.

omnimod, 2012-09-29

On Ebay you can find used controllers like HP SmartArray P400 or Dell Perc 6i (sometimes even with cache and battery) <100$. I think this is the best choice for home ESXi.

itrabotnik, 2013-01-28

I put by default LSI i6 or i8 controllers
on servers from HP - HP SmartArray P400
everything rises from half a kick.

Nikolai Turnaviotov, 2012-09-29

Time-tested Adaptecs, in principle, any controller from ESXi HCL - not with a single adapter for the entire time of my work in server administration, neither in my practice nor according to the reviews of friends.

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