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One of our small offices was in need of a small server to perform certain tasks. Because the noise and size an of a regular server i went with the HP ProLiant Microserver Gen8 G1610T. Witch i expected to be great, read a lot of reviews and personally i owned with N40L microserver as a home test lab.

But now i have the server at home and setting up ESXi on it and am running into problems. I installed ESXi(5.5) on the internal micro SD card slot, ESXi boots and runs great no lag or something. Next i put in one 160GB 7200RPM drive (the 2x 3TB drives have not arrived yet), and created 1 logical volume with the internal HP Dynamic Smart Array B120i Controller and used the following settings:

  • Rebuild priority = medium
  • surface scan priority = 3s
  • idle physical drive cache state = enabled
  • read cache size = 128mb
  • Fault tolorance = RAID 0
  • Strip size = 256KB
  • sectors/track = 32 caching= enabled

But now when i add the datastore to the ESXi and install a VM like Windows Server 2008 R2, the virtual machine is very slow and if i look at task management i see the disk is being used 100% almost always.

So hope someone can help me because i'm a bit lost and do not have much experience with RAID. And i did use the HP custom ESXi installer so the drives are there (i hope).

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The issue you are having is due to a RAID controller that isn't on VMware's Hardware Compatibility List.

I've had the same issues before. VMware is very picky.

http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php

Good luck.

~ M

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