ESX Server does not have persistent storage



In the last few updates VMware has changed which drivers get loaded for certain SATA controllers (in particular the ICH7 / ICH9 / ICH10 models). This has been done to fix a problem that prevented host CD-ROMs from being used within a VM. However, in some cases after upgrading a user might find the below error after rebooting for the first time after the firmware upgrade has been installed: The VMware ESX Server does not have persistent storage. As shown in the below image, the ICH9 controller is now recognized as an IDE controller after updating to Update 4 instead of a SATA controller as was the case with ESXi 3.5 Update 3. For another method to resolve, check out this thread.

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Hardware: HP ML110 G5 VI.NEXT Compatible

Eric Sloof inspired me with his blogpost about the whitebox he is using ( After reading his posts I wanted to see if my HP ML 110 G5 is also compatible with the next version. And Yes it is! :-D.

In fact everything worked out of the box. Storage (onboard Sata controller), Onboard NIC and the DVD-Rom.

More info about the HP ML110 G5 can be found in this post: