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ESXi compatible Mini-ATX build with Ryzen 5 1600

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Hey, planning to build a mini-server to run multiple VMs (none of which is for storage). Currently my build is this:

 

Before I go any further, wanted to ask if anyone has better experience than me with Ryzen and ESXi compatibility, as well as compatible RAID Controllers. Not sure about the one I included in the build.

 

I'm open for any suggestions and recommendations :)

 

Thank you!

 

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The Raidcontroller hasnt to do anything with esxi. Before you install the hypervisior u have to create your Raid arrays. I suggest something like raid 5 or 6 depending on how many drives you have. SSD raid arrays are also a thing to have in mind. Ryzen itself works fine with esxi tho.

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7 minutes ago, joshuawi99 said:

The Raidcontroller hasnt to do anything with esxi. Before you install the hypervisior u have to create your Raid arrays. I suggest something like raid 5 or 6 depending on how many drives you have. SSD raid arrays are also a thing to have in mind. Ryzen itself works fine with esxi tho.

Worst case scenario, the RAID controller's chipset isn't ESXi compatible and won't show you any disks. It does matter. LSI controllers and their HP/Dell/Lenovo OEM brethren are safe bets. Lots of Highpoint cards are also good.

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3 hours ago, NelizMastr said:

Worst case scenario, the RAID controller's chipset isn't ESXi compatible and won't show you any disks. It does matter. LSI controllers and their HP/Dell/Lenovo OEM brethren are safe bets. Lots of Highpoint cards are also good.

That was what I thought. Thanks for the hint :)

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Raid controller compatibility most certainly is important, otherwise you're not going to have datastores in this build. 

As NelizMastr pointed out, for ESXi I would stick with well known brands. LSI, Adaptec, Dell, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, etc...

 

You might want to check out their hardware compatibility checker: https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=io

 

On a quick search it seems the DC-600e doesn't work, so I wouldn't expect the 624e to work either. A lot of their controllers are fake raid (software) and only work in Windows so really I would avoid it all together. 

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22 minutes ago, Jarsky said:

Raid controller compatibility most certainly is important, otherwise you're not going to have datastores in this build. 

As NelizMastr pointed out, for ESXi I would stick with well known brands. LSI, Adaptec, Dell, IBM, Intel, Lenovo, etc...

 

You might want to check out their hardware compatibility checker: https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=io

 

On a quick search it seems the DC-600e doesn't work, so I wouldn't expect the 624e to work either. A lot of their controllers are fake raid (software) and only work in Windows so really I would avoid it all together. 

Wow, thanks. That's definitely useful. Will change them for LSI probably.

 

I only had experience with "prebuilt" raid systems, like the HP Z workstations or HPE/Dell Servers, how does the integration of the controllers work? Will the Bios of the MB just detect it or...?

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3 minutes ago, magsrv said:

Wow, thanks. That's definitely useful. Will change them for LSI probably.

 

I only had experience with "prebuilt" raid systems, like the HP Z workstations or HPE/Dell Servers, how does the integration of the controllers work? Will the Bios of the MB just detect it or...?

 

The ones from the big brands are all hardware controllers, so everything is done on the card. They will spin up and initialize the group during the computers post. 

VMware has driver support for most of the big brand storage chipsets and will just auto detect the storage from the cards.

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16 minutes ago, Jarsky said:

 

The ones from the big brands are all hardware controllers, so everything is done on the card. They will spin up and initialize the group during the computers post. 

VMware has driver support for most of the big brand storage chipsets and will just auto detect the storage from the cards.

Yeah, but how do I get in the menu to configure the disk? Is it an option pre boot?

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1 minute ago, magsrv said:

Yeah, but how do I get in the menu to configure the disk? Is it an option pre boot?

management utility during POST, before boot. 

for LSI cards its Ctrl+H for WebBIOS, for Adaptec its Ctrl+A

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Hi Magsrv, 

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run multiple VMs (none of which is for storage).

If you don't mind me asking, what kind of VMs/work you do with such a combination? 

- It does not have enough graphics power to do rendering,

- it does not have enough ethernet ports for networking.. 

- it has a dedicated grafphics card instead onboard

- it has Raid but does not have main storage tasks

 

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