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ESXi 5.0 u1 on R620 VMFS 5

Have R620 Server with 2 internal SD cards for ESXi 5.0 U1, and 4 - 600Gb SAS local drives in Raid 5 config for storage. 

(VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.0.0.update1-623860.x86_64-Dell_Customized_RecoveryCD_A00.iso)        ->    ESXi 5.0 U1 install disk
I successfully installed  ESXi 5.0 U1 on the Server SD cards, but when I attempt to add the local SAS storage within vsphere client (selecting either vmfs-3 or 5)  it shows "Loading...." message for about 2 minutes and then disconnects the vsphere client.  Can't get it to create the Datastore...
I can install ESXi 4.1 U2 on system and everything works good, it sees the storage and adds it successfully (vmfs-3).   Not sure why with ESXi 5.0 its disconnecting before completion.

Any ideas?

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Here is what you will need to do; XXX and ZZZ will be information specific to your systems

Use putty to print out partitions on local storage and delete partitions

Print partition table:

/dev/disks # partedUtil getptbl "/vmfs/devices/disks/naa.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"



1 ZZZZZ partition identifier

2 ZZZZZpartition identifier

After that to delete -

/dev/disks # partedUtil delete "/vmfs/devices/disks/naa.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX" 1

/dev/disks # partedUtil delete "/vmfs/devices/disks/naa.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX" 2

Print partition table after delete:

/dev/disks # partedUtil getptbl "/vmfs/devices/disks/naa.XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX"




Once the partitions were deleted use the gui to add local storage and format as vmfs

Let me know how it goes.

Chris Hawk
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Thanks Chris, I was having the same problem and your fix worked.

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Tell me I'm using to install ESXi 5.0 on DELL R620 server image VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.0.0.update1-623860.x86_64-Dell_Customized_RecoveryCD_A00.iso. However, when the server boots from the disk, it does not display the boot menu

"1. Installing VMware ESXi 5.0

  2. Boot drive C "

VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.0.0.update1-623860.x86_64-Dell_Customized_RecoveryCD_A00.iso, this image of a boot?

When insert the disk into the drive server HP DL380G5, the boot menu appears.

Sorry for my english

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