The build has started, everything has arrived – so far so good. First job with everything was to update the firmware, as it is a lot easier to do it now than when you have everything up and running and rely upon the uptime!
ASRock Motherboard – BIOS v1.30 : 19/08/2011 – Download
LSI MegaRAID – Firmware v12.13.0-0104 : 10/08/2011 – Download
Now to start putting everything together. The assembly was nice and easy, the only frustration was with the Antec Take4 – as it came with a bag full of bits including a load of plastic clamps and a piece of transparent plastic sheet with double-sided sticky strips on it… and I couldn’t work out what they were for. An office meeting came to the conclusion that the clamps fitted around the circular torsion bar to create a cable run (see top right corner of 2nd picture) and the clear plastic sheet is to cover the side vents on the case for when you want to create a front to back airflow!
I struggled with the RAID setup on the LSI RAID BIOS, as expected – because I had read about Tinkerguy’s same issues HERE. He mentions that the RAID BIOS setup was nat accesible using Ctrl+H when booting, but didn’t mention a solution – so here’s my workaround :
- Insert spare HDD into ASRock SATA slot
- Install an OS (I used XP)
- Install MegaRAID drivers (availble HERE)
- Download and install MegaRAID Storage Manager (available HERE)
- Use the software to configure my RAID array
- Reboot and check the RAID BIOS displays the Virtual drive
- Remove temp HDD and install ESXi…
Next stage; ESXi installation
4 replies on “VMWare ESXi 5.0 Whitebox Server build � Part 2”
Just discovered your site as I continue to work on building a very similar system, great info, thank you! In the midst of a complex discussion about next step, seeing LSI 9260 (or 9265) from within ESXi 5.0 environment, using MegaRAID, discussed here:
Thank you for your nice article . It will help me.
FYI, eventually, I found a way to get into LSI WebBIOS reliably, using Ctrl+H instead of having to dual boot:
phew! Although I won’t say WebBIOS is pretty, it does work.
So, how’d it all turn out for you in the end?
My “vZilla” build is working out well so far (same mobo), detailed here:
…the other good news is that with some patience and careful shopping, you can get 32GB of RAM for around $200 USD: