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Install VMWare ESXi / vSphere on a Adaptec 3405 RAID card

I recently set out to build a VMWare ESXi / vSphere white box. A white box in this case, is a custom built PC, that may not have all parts on the VMWare supported hardware list. Generally, ESX will work on most hardware, but the two common issues preventing things from working, are network adapters, and storage controllers. After trying to install ESXi / vSphere it became apparent that the onboard network interface and storage controller don’t work with VMWare…

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Monitoring Compaq or HP Smart Array RAID status on CentOS

This howto will step you through the process of setting up the required software to be able to check the status of a Compaq or HP Smart Array and the attached physical and logical drives on CentOS 6 or RHEL. The required program to be able to talk to the Smart Array is called ‘hpacucli’, which can be found in the ‘HP Service Pack for ProLiant’ package. (Note: Some of the commands below require root privileges.) Obtaining and Installing the…

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