ESX Server does not have persistent storage


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From: http://www.vm-help.com/

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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Read the rest of the article here: http://www.vm-help.com/esx/esx3i/no_persistent_storage_after_upgrade.php

Source: http://www.techhead.co.uk/hp-ml110-g5-upgrading-to-vmware-esxesxi-u4-and-getting-error-the-vmware-esx-server-does-not-have-persistent-storage

Hardware: HP ML110 G5 VI.NEXT Compatible


Eric Sloof inspired me with his blogpost about the whitebox he is using (http://www.ntpro.nl/blog/archives/866-My-ESX-future-version-compatible-WhiteBox.html). 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: https://ict-freak.nl/2008/08/04/hardware-hp-ml110-g5-x3065/