Persistent storage problems: ESXi 3.5 U4/U5 on HP ML350 G3
I am trying to install ESXi 3.5 U5 (at the moment ....but have tried my U4 with same result) on a HP Proliant ML350 G3 server with a SmartArray 5300 RAID controller and a 5 disk RAID 5 (w/ hotspare) of 36GB U3 SCSI drives.
ESXi 3.5 installs and subsequently boots up fine, however when I go to access the Infrastructure Client, I get:
The VMware ESX Server does not have persistent storage.
I've come across several documents detailing problems when updating ICH7/8/9-based computers with SATA drives and such, but I cannot find anything detailing why a setup such as mine would have issues.
The command lspci -v
shows my SmartArray 5300 by name and during install, the installer even shows the total size (~143GB) correctly.
At one time, I had ESXi 3.5 U3 (or 2) running properly on this server (didn't have to do anything special). It was decommissioned after a hardware fault that was recently fixed. Since I can't find the original version (U2/3), I downloaded U5, and would prefer to run that if possible.
I've also tried a technique involving changing the LVM.EnableResignature from 0 to 1 and then rescanning the storage adapters with no positive result.
Attempts to create a datastore gives a failure (expected since it shows no available space out of the 135GB SCSI target.
What might I try to resolve this?
Thank you for any help.