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Pinned topic ESXi 5.1 & x3750 M4 not installing

‏2012-12-14T19:33:17Z |
I have 3 new x3750 M4 ( model # 8722 ) servers that I am trying to load ESXi 5.1.0 and I am running into a road block. When installing ESXi it gets to the point where the next step is to allow me to choose the storage and it stops. I have attached a screen shot of where it is stopping.

I am using the the IBM VMware ISO ( ESXi-5.1.0-799733-IBM-20120919.iso ) with the latest driver for the LSI MegaRAID 2208 card. The one thing that I have found in all the Google'ing is that VMware supports UEFI KOE114A and the version that is on the x3750s is newer, KOE116JUS.

If any one has seen this issue before or has any ideas I would greatly appreciate the help.

Thanks in advance.

-Patrick
Updated on 2012-12-30T16:16:08Z at 2012-12-30T16:16:08Z by SystemAdmin
  • DaveQ
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    Re: ESXi 5.1 & x3750 M4 not installing

    ‏2012-12-15T19:39:23Z  in response to SystemAdmin
    Can you describe the storage setup, including:

    What kind of array controller (IBM name, though I think the 2208 is actually an M5110)?
    What kind of other storage (internal / external disks, Fibre Channel, etc.)?
    If there is FC attachment for a SAN, was the Fibre attached at the time of install?
    • SystemAdmin
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      Re: ESXi 5.1 & x3750 M4 not installing

      ‏2012-12-15T22:12:08Z  in response to DaveQ
      The controller type is an LSI MegaRAID / ServerRAID M510e. I have 2 internal 900 GB drives built in a RAID 1 configuration. Right now, these are completely stand alone servers. They have not yet been connected to the SAN. I am certain the issue is related to the IBM ISO for VMware ESXi 5.1.0 because I tested installing other OS'es and they worked fine.

      If you know if a newer driver for this controller other than the one on the IBM web site please let me know. The driver I pulled down from the web site is ibm_dd_sraidmr_5.34_vmwesx5_x86-64.zip.

      Thanks.

      -Patrick
      • DaveQ
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        Re: ESXi 5.1 & x3750 M4 not installing

        ‏2012-12-15T23:54:58Z  in response to SystemAdmin
        The driver you mentioned (5.34 for vSphere 5) doesn't support the M5110e controller. See release notes: http://delivery04.dhe.ibm.com/sar/CMA/XSA/037qo/1/ibm_dd_sraidmr_5.34_vmwesx5_x86-64.txt

        Provided you created both the array and virtual disk (LUN) correctly, vSphere should see the LUN available for installation. I would think the included mpt2sas and lsiprovider drivers can handle the M5110e.

        I inquired about the SAN connectivity because that will cause a problem during disk selection for the installation. They can't be connected or have paths to any external disk (this is a general vSphere issue, documented in their best practices).

        Two things I recommend, lacking a smoking gun:

        1 - Use the Bootable Media Creator to make a firmware update image for the server model, selecting "Latest Available" updates, not the UpdateXpress System Pack. Realizing you said these are new servers.. but that doesn't mean they have current firmware releases (unless you did this already, of course). It's worth ruling out at a minimum.

        2 - There is an update that can be applied to the base 5.1 IBM customized installation, specifically requiring build 799733 which is what the base 5.1 IBM installer is. The catch is that you need a working OS to apply it to. Once you get an OS available to you, apply "VMware vSphere ESXi 5.0 with IBM Customization Patch 4". You can find it in the Hypervisors section of the server model's page on Fixcentral.

        It is applicable to these IBM customized images:
        * VMware ESXi 5.0 build 474610
        * VMware ESXi 5.0u1 build 623860
        * VMware ESXi 5.1 build 799733

        Includes these newer drivers:
        fupb 5.01-7.280
        concretejob 500-2ACE16AUS
        filetrans 500-2ACE16AUS
        fwupdate 500-2ACE16AUS
        immpassthru 500-2ACE16AUS
        pciinfo 500-I03ACN
        Brcmfwup (facade) 500-1.00.20121017
        Brcm 500.2.0.3-000000
        ilfu (facade) 500-1.01.20121012
        lsiprovider 500.04.v0.32-0004
        fchba 1.3.14-469512
        qlcnic 5.0.741-1OEM.500.0.0.472560
        scsi-qla2xxx 911.k1.1-26OEM.500.0.0.472560
        net-be2net 4.2.327.0-1OEM.500.0.0.472560
        be2iscsi 4.2.327.0-1OEM.500.0.0.472560
        ima-be2isci 4.2.327.0-1OEM.500.0.0.472560
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          Re: ESXi 5.1 & x3750 M4 not installing

          ‏2012-12-16T21:29:31Z  in response to DaveQ
          I will try the first option you have recommended, the Bootable Media Creator. I will let you know how that goes. Hopefully from there is will allow me to load the IBM ISO, ESXi-5.1.0-799733-IBM-20120919.iso. So far that ISO has been stalling out on the install. I have been suspecting driver issues but it could be firmware and ruling this out is a good idea.

          At this point, there isn't any SAN connectivity. The HBAs are installed and connected to the SAN but the SAN switch ports are shut down. I will go ahead and remove the HBA connections all together and try the install from there with the Bootable Media Creator.

          If all goes well, I will move onto step #2 if needed.

          I will update the post in the morning and let you know how things have gone....

          Thanks.

          -Patrick
          • DaveQ
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            Re: ESXi 5.1 & x3750 M4 not installing

            ‏2012-12-16T23:39:14Z  in response to SystemAdmin
            Just to clarify - the Bootable Media Creator is for making a bootable image containing firmware updates, not for performing the installation itself. BoMC will do firmware only, not an OS install for vSphere. Apologies if I read your reply incorrectly, but just in case there was any confusion.

            Here is a link to it if you didn't have it already:

            IBM Bootable Media Creator (BoMC)
            http://www-947.ibm.com/support/entry/portal/docdisplay?lndocid=TOOL-BOMC

            Run the Windows Version 9.28 from a Windows workstation to create the image for your machine type.

            Good luck.
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              Re: ESXi 5.1 & x3750 M4 not installing

              ‏2012-12-30T16:16:08Z  in response to DaveQ
              My apologies for taking so long to get back with an update / answer.

              The issue has been resolved. The issue was not driver or firmware related at all. The key mappings on the IMM2 were not working correctly when trying to install ESXi 5.1 from a MAC using the java client. The F11 key was not working and needed to be re-mapped.

              Thanks to everyone who gave me advise and help along the way.

              -Patrick