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Usings an Asus Z8NA-D6, Xeon 5200... I believe they're on the HCL.

Attempting something similar to this:

  • ESXi 4.1 U1 as hypervisor
  • Hypervisor & 1st Guest OS(Solaris Express 11) installed onto h/w RAID 1
  • Passthrough onboard SATA to 1st Guest OS
  • Create ZFS stripe/mirror array shared via NFS to ESXi

During the VMWare install it can see all the drives attached to onboard SATA.

Have followed instructions to enable passthrough - enabled VT/d for CPU and motherboard, assigned the PCI card to the Solaris guest, etc.

The Solaris guest cannot see any of the drives, if I run the Device Driver Utility it detects both controllers (2 port and 4 port) Intel 82801JI (ICH10 Family). pci-ide is the driver. I don't know how to test functionality beyond that. I can't find any trace of disks with format or in /dev/dsk

Not an expert with Solaris, so I am unsure whether this is a Solaris config issue or a VMWare issue. I'd appreciate any expertise someone could offer.

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Device & Driver details tells me that the devfs path for one of the controllers is /pci@0,0/pci15ad,7a0@16/pci-ide@0 – Brian Jul 22 '11 at 11:25
If I run prtconf there are a few instances which say 'driver not attached' - useful? – Brian Jul 22 '11 at 11:28
Booting directly from the Solaris Express CD and I can see all drives attached to the onboard controller – Brian Jul 22 '11 at 14:38
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Okay I fixed it:

The SATA Controller needs to be set to AHCI (this is done in the BIOS).

After that was set I was able to see the drives in my virtual machine.

Hopefully this might help someone.

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