I have a vmware esxi 5 running on a server with ssd and two hard drives. The server comes with software lsi megaraid and intel rapid storage raid. Neither of them work with esxi.

I need to somehow setup a fakeraid inside virtual machine to keep a copy data on each drive (raid0).

Is it possible to do so?

  • I must of been tired when posting this questions but I should clear something out. The questions is about setting up fakeraid for virtual machine or guest-os. – jM2.me Mar 24 '12 at 16:12

ESXi is not supporting fake raid. You need to create 2 VMFS and add 2 disk each on one of the data stores and setup software RAID on the guest OS. You will have redundancy for VM, but not for ESX itself.

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    If you go this route, another option would be to expose the disks to a VM as raw block devices (instead of adding the extra VMFS layer) with vmkfstools --createrdmpassthru. – Shane Madden Mar 17 '12 at 19:01
  • Sorry for late reply but this is what worked for me. Thank you Mircea and Shane – jM2.me Oct 14 '12 at 16:44

You should use supported hardware. Fakeraid solutions aren't in the scope of VMWare ESXi blessed setup. You can make things work by acquiring a hardware RAID controller from the VMWare Hardware Compatibility List, though.

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