Scenario: I had a Dell R730 which I wanted to install ESXi 5.0 on and implement into an exising test environment. The server had local storage which was to be used as a VMFS-5. ESXI 5.0 installed successfully but no Perc (H730 Mini) driver showed up in Storage Adapters.
Before I begin. ESXi 5.0 is NOT supported on R730. Support starts at 5.1+
My first task was to check for a compatible driver for the PERC controller. I found this link for ESXi 5.0 and Perc H730M.
scp scsi-megaraid-perc9-6.901.57.00-1OEM.500.0.0.472560.x86_64.vib [email protected]:/tmp/
You may need to install winscp or another similar program if you want to transfter the file using a GUI.
When the file has been copied run the command:
# /usr/sbin/esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/scsi-megaraid-perc9-6.901.57.00-1OEM.500.0.0.472560.x86_64.vib
The following result should appear:
Message: The update completed successfully, but the system needs to be rebooted for the changes to be effective.
Reboot Required: true
VIBs Installed: LSI_bootbank_scsi-megaraid-perc9_6.901.57.00-1OEM.500.0.0.472560
As requested, reboot the ESXi host.
When the host has fully restarted the Dell PERC H730 mini now displays and we are able to add storage.
Note: If you need to remove the vib then this is the command:
/usr/sbin/esxcli software vib remove --vibname=scsi-megaraid-perc9