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I am running esxi 4.0 on a dell T110 server. The server does not see the pcie revo drive (OCZSSDPX-1RVD0180) as a storage device nor does it see it in the hardware that can be enabled in the VM Pass through advanced configuration. The revo drive is not on the HCL list, but there are reports of others getting the revo to work with esxi. Is there anything that would need to be changed in the bios to allow esxi to view the revo as a storage device?

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4.0's pretty old (and much more finicky about hardware compatibility than newer versions) - can you try on 4.1 or 5.0? You may need to feed it a driver in an oem.tgz package, as well. –  Shane Madden Jan 3 '12 at 7:12
    
I logged the question with OCZ and received this response: The Revo drive is only supported in Windows XP, Vista, and 7. Not sure if this was an authoritative answer or the quick answer to close the trouble ticket. Does anyone know on pass through if the drivers just need to be loaded on the windows machine and the drive doesn't necessarily have to be compatible with linux? I'll also look into upgrading to 5.0 and see if that makes a difference. –  user32222 Jan 5 '12 at 2:24
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For pass-through no driver is needed for ESXi, just in the VM that's getting fed the device. Looks like there's some linux support out there for the RevoDrive line, but it's certainly not "official" in any way - if you were looking to use it as a VMDK storage or host cache instead of a pass-thru device, you may have a tough search ahead. –  Shane Madden Jan 5 '12 at 2:41

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