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 [RESOLVED] Final Areca drivers 
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Areca has released final, non-beta drivers on June 3rd: ftp://ftp.areca.com.tw/RaidCards/AP_Dri ... 15_100202/

Has anyone created a custom oem.tgz for those drivers yet?

Ciao,
gagga

Resolved: Here is the final working oem.tgz:
http://www.vm-help.com/forum/download/file.php?id=373


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Sun Jun 20, 2010 11:40 am
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Yeah I have been searching for this oem.tgz for a couple weeks and haven't found anything. I really would like to install ESXi 4 on my new Areca 1210 raid array.

Any help/information would be greatly appreciated. I have never installed using a customized oem.tgz before.

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Cyle


Sun Jun 20, 2010 2:52 pm
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Any hints about how to create a customer oem.tgz myself?


Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:51 am
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In the ISO with the drivers there is a file called with ending .vib. Does anyone know how to extract this .vib file in order to obtain the arcmsr.o?


Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:38 pm
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You should be able to extract it with something like 7-zip.

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Mon Jun 21, 2010 1:42 pm
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Did you figure out how to create a customized oem.tgz, gaga? I really need to get this figured out and I can't really find anything.

Thanks,

Cyle


Tue Jun 22, 2010 7:33 am
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If you have a VIB package you have two options

1) Install ESXi and then apply the VIB patch with vihostupdate.pl from the vCLI. That assumes you're not using the Areca device for the installation but just VM storage.

2) If you have to install onto the Areca device then you would
a- extract the driver file and optionally simple.map and pci.ids (pci.ids is totally optional and if you don't extract simple.map you have to edit the existing one).
b - create an oem.tgz file containing at least the driver and simple.map.
c - use Varazir's script to create a custom install image (see the sticky post on this forum).
d - install

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Tue Jun 22, 2010 10:40 am
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Hi Dave,

I know these probably seem like stupid questions, but you are the only place I can find answers and I thank you for your quick responses.

Alright basically where I am stuck is at the between 2 and 3. I can extract the .vib package and inside there are many .tar.gz files. I am assuming those are the drivers. After that I am pretty much lost. I dont see any simple.map and I don't have the fainest idea how to create a oem.tgz. If you could point me in the right direction I would greatly appreciate it.

Thanks again,

Cyle


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Do you have a USB flash drive you can boot ESXi from or do you plan to install to a drive connected to the Areca controller?

From this location I got the zip - ftp://ftp.areca.com.tw/RaidCards/AP_Dri ... 100202.zip - opened it, the the offline bundle followed by the VIB. Keep opening the tar files until you get to this location - arcmsr-1.20.00.15.vmk.100202-offline_bundle-262812.zip\vmware-esx-drivers-scsi-arcmsr-400.1.20.00.15.vmk.100202-1.0.4.00000.x86_64.vib\data.tar.gz\data.tar\.\usr\lib\vmware\vmkmod\

There you'll find arcmsr.o which is the driver file.

You'll have to edit simple.map adding the data found in the XML file here - ARC-arcmsr-1.20.00.15.vmk.100202-offline_bundle-262812.zip\vmware-esx-drivers-scsi-arcmsr-400.1.20.00.15.vmk.100202-1.0.4.00000.x86_64.vib\data.tar.gz\data.tar\.\etc\vmware\pciid\

If you can boot ESXi from a flash drive that'll be a easy way to get to simple.map and you can use the customizing oem.tgz instructions on the home page to go from there (your oem.tgz would include both simple.map, the driver file and optionally an updated pci.ids file).

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I've been going back and forth with Areca's Tech Support for the last few days trying to get them to supply an oem.tgz file for the new driver like they did for the old driver. I'm not sure if they will, but they have been very responsive. Still trying to convince them why it's useful to have.

Meanwhile, I'm trying to make my own oem.tgz file. I'll post back and let you know how it goes.

Thanks for the comments above, they were a big help.


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