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 Working ESXi oem.tgz for 3ware Cards 
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I've attached a working oem.tgz for the 3ware 9650 / 9690 cards using the driver that was posted in the 3ware forums.

It looks like they explicitly disabled support for the 9550 series card in this driver. While unsupported, the 9550 series cards worked fine in 3.5. In the driver the cards appear to use the same hardware API. I suspect this is enforcement of an artificial limitation.

They have not yet released their source patches against the Linux driver used to build this driver for ESX 4, but when they do I will see if I can re-enable 9550 card support (I believe they're just ignoring device ID 0x1003 by removing it from struct pci_device_id twa_pci_tbl[] __devinitdata).

Despite what the 3ware KB article says, using this oem.tgz you can successfully install ESXi 4.0 directly to a 3ware array. I did so via PXE using the instructions from this site for modifying oem.tgz for installation.

The 3ware driver version in this file is:
2.26.08.009vm40-1.0.4


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Naturally I now notice this was redundant.

Feel free to disregard.

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HCardwell wrote:
Naturally I now notice this was redundant.

Feel free to disregard.

:oops:


Hello

Thanks for posting the oem file

I hope you don't mind me changing the name of the file ?

rgd Daniel

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I've attached an oem.tgz which includes the vmware certified driver for 3ware 9690SA an 9650 controllers.

The 3ware driver version in this file is:
2.26.08.035vm40-1.0.4.00000.179560


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Sun Sep 06, 2009 4:32 am
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Does this driver contain Health monitor in ESXi?


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I don't think that 3ware has health monitor for ESX(i). If you want such thing you should use LSI controller... or 3ware has CLI utility which is working under ESXi... with this you can ask any parameter of your arrays...


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CLI utility looks fine for now, but can you explain me how to use it or install it? I'm a beginner in ESXi, and any help would be great...


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Any luck on the source to enable the 9550?


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I haven't heard of anyone coming up with a 9550 driver and 3ware won't be - http://www.3ware.com/KB/article.aspx?id=14922.

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I know that 3ware won't officially support/release a driver.

they didn't do it for 3.0.x or 3.5 either, but the 9550 uses the same driver as the other 9xxx series. Unfortunately in the past they only omitted the device id from the mapping file, but apparently they specifically restrict it in the driver this time around...

If they release the driver source we could probably end-around it... otherwise I guess I either back out and reinstall 3.5, or build this box as a Windows/Linux box and run VMware server or workstation... (yuck)

oh well...

I've got a 9550 8 lane with 6 500GB sata's waiting for a home... I guess I could pick up a PERC 5i off ebay for them... heh


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