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 Customize OEM.TGZ for Intel RAID Controller SRCZCRX 
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Post Customize OEM.TGZ for Intel RAID Controller SRCZCRX
Hi everyone,

The Intel RAID Controller SRCZCRX is listed as supported in VMware ESXi 4.0.x but not for VMware ESXi 3.5.x.

I want to get this to work so I've done my research and found that it uses the megaraid2.o driver. On the VMware HCL it says that it uses the megaraid2 version 2.00.4 to work with ESXi 4.0.x. However VMware ESXi 3.5.x comes with megaraid2 version 2.10.7.

If I was to add this to my simple.map

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1000:0407 8086:0530 storage megaraid2.o


It should load the driver megaraid2 version 2.10.7 since I'm using ESXi 3.5 Update 5. (The device is also listed in pci-ids.)

Even though the driver versions packages with VMware ESXi 3.5 & 4.0 are different will this driver still work?


Mon Mar 29, 2010 10:43 am
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If you add that to simple.map then it will try to load the driver and as long as the driver works Ok with that device then you should be fine.

You can also use vmkload_mod to manually load the driver. When the driver loads it will scan all PCI devices and see which it can claim based on what it is coded to recognize. If vmkload_mod doesn't work then a change to simple.map won't help.

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Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:21 pm
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Would I be able to run vmkload_mod from booting from the VMware ESXi 3.5 install CD and pressing ALT F1 to get a shell?

There is no ESXi host installed on this server as the root disks are controlled by the SRCZCRX RAID Controller.


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It should work fine to do that.

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Ok cool thanks I'll reply back with the result so if anyone else is having the same issue they might find the answer here.


Mon Mar 29, 2010 12:49 pm
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