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Tweaking ESXi 5.0 – Adding un-supported hardware to VMware vSphere ESXi 5.0 – Adding a QLE-220 to ESXi 5.0

Tuesday, September 20th, 2011

A continuation of this article – Tweaking ESXi 4.1U1 – Adding un-supported hardware to VMware vSphere ESXi 4.1 U1 – Adding a QLE-220 to ESXi 4.1 U1.

No official support for the Qlogic QLE-220 in ESXi 5.0, vSphere GUI client before tweak

No official support for the Qlogic QLE-220 in ESXi 5.0, vSphere GUI client before tweak

Because I’m also now testing Production VMware vSphere 5.0 (ESXi 5.0), and also need to connect the ESXi 5.0 servers to the fibre channel SAN using the same Qlogic QLE-220 4GB fibre channel cards. These are the PCI-E cards that fit in the HP ProLiant MicroServer quite nicely. As these Qlogic cards were NOT supported in ESXi 4.1, it’s unlikely they are supported in ESXi 5.0, and they are NOT, and not included on the HCL (Hardware Compatibility List).

Again, trying to get ahead of the curve, it will not be long, before I’m asked the same question as before with ESXi 4.x.

“ESXi 5.0 does not “see my network interface card, or storage controller.”

“How do I add this mass storage controller, network interface card,  fibre channel HBA to ESXi?”

A.Andy’s Thoughts

It is my understanding, that rather than a single oem.tgz, which contains the simple.map Vendor and Device IDs of ESXi 4.x, the simple.map file has been broken down into likewise individual mapping files, /etc/vmware/driver.map.d reveals 60 individual map files which contain the Vendor Id and Device Ids similar to the original simple.map of ESXi 4.x.

ESXi 5.0  contents of /etc/vmware/driver.map.d

ESXi 5.0 contents of /etc/vmware/driver.map.d

The file I need to modify is the qla2xxx.map file, to add the Vendor ID and Device ID. I may also have to alter the pci.ids files as well, but it’s unlikely!

the console command lspci -v reveals the same vendor ID and device ID

console output of lspci -v on ESXi 5.0

console output of lspci -v on ESXi 5.0

When ESXi 5.0 boots up you can see the individual driver modules files being extracted from their tarbal archives and loaded into ramdrive memory. These tarballs contain the mapping PCI ID mapping file and also the drivers for the device. All that is required is to add your new qla2xxx.map file (modified mapping file) into the scsi-qla.v00 tarballed file.

B. Adding the device to the mapping file

I’ve completed this by, extracting the original contents, including sub directories, copying my new mapping file, and creating a new archive.

  1. cd tmp
  2. mkdir tweak
  3. cd tweak
  4. cp /bootbank/scsi-qla.v00 scsi-qla.tgz
  5. tar -xvf scsi-qla.tgz
  6. rm scsi-qla.tgz
  7. Update and tweak the qla2xxx.map file.
  8. Modifying the qla2xxx.map file to add additional Vendor and Device ID

    Modifying the qla2xxx.map file to add additional Vendor and Device ID

  9. tar -cvzf scsi-qla.tgz etc usr
  10. mv scsi-qla.tgz scsi-qla.v00
  11. cp scsi-qla.v00 /bootbank/scsi-qla.v00
  12. restart server.
Qlogic QLE-220 in ESXi 5.0, vSphere GUI client after tweak

Qlogic QLE-220 in ESXi 5.0, vSphere GUI client after tweak

Viola! An un-supported Qlogic QLE-220 added and working in ESXi 5.0.

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Tweaking ESXi 4.1U1 – Adding un-supported hardware to VMware vSphere ESXi 4.1 U1 – Adding a QLE-220 to ESXi 4.1 U1

Monday, September 19th, 2011

I’ve decided to write this article, because I get many queries about ESXi does not “see my network interface card, or storage controller.”

How do I add this mass storage controller, network interface card,  fibre channel HBA to ESXi?

Usually storage controllers, network interface cards are already supported within VMware vSphere ESXi 4.1 U1, they been tested and verfied by Vendors and VMware, ESXi 4.x can have limited support for hardware, check the HCL to check it it’s supported. But with a few tweaks, you can successfully add the unsupported storage,  network interface card to ESXi 4.x.

This is un-supported by VMware, your mileage and stability of your OS could be affected. Unfortunately, this cannot be discussed on some IT Technology websites, due to breach of their policy, possibly it is classified as “hacking” – this is a grey area.

I have some Qlogic QLE-220 4GB Fibre Channel PCI-Express cards, these are not listed on the VMware Hardware Compatibility List. You can quickly deduce if the hardware is not supported because ESXi 4.x, will not load the drivers at Bootup, and the devices will be missing from Network or Storage Adaptors.

From previous experience I know that the Qlogic QLE-220 uses the same driver as the qla2xxx.o (module driver), the reason it is not recognised in ESXi 4.x, is because the PCI ID is not present in the “simple.map” file on ESXi. (you may need to add you module!)

ESXi 4.1 U1 Storage Adaptors listed in vSphere GUI Client before tweak

ESXi 4.1 U1 Storage Adaptors listed in vSphere GUI Client before tweak

A. Finding the PCI ID
I need to find the PCI ID for the un-supported network or storage device. The PCI ID can be obtain in two ways, you could check the The PCI ID Repository, and check if the device has been added and available (Qlogic QLE-220 is here http://pci-ids.ucw.cz/read/PC/1077/5432). The PCI ID is in two parts, the first four characters are the Vendor ID, and the second four characters are the Device ID. But as I’ve got to install this in the ESXi server, it can be verfied by using the lspci -v command. With these devices, ESXi is able to recognize the devices and thus includes the device name.

output from lspci -v

output from lspci -v

from the output of lspci -v
000:002:00.0 Fibre Channel Serial bus controller: QLogic Corp SP232-based 4Gb Fibre Channel to PCI Express HBA
Class 0c04: 1077:5432

Vendor Id: 1077, Device Id: 5432

B. Adding the device to the mapping file
These values needed to be added to files called “simple.map and pci.ids”, which is contained in a file called oem.tgz. This is how we add the vendor and device id

  1. cd /tmp/
  2. mkdir -p oem/etc/vmware
  3. cd oem/etc/vmware
  4. cp /etc/vmware/simple.map simple.map
  5. vi simple.map (add PCI IDs as found above)
  6. simple.map modify

    simple.map modified with vendor id and device id

  7. Exit vi – press ESC and enter :wq
  8. cp /etc/vmware/pci.ids pci.ids
  9. vi pci.ids (this file is self-explanotory, it’s the description of the controller)
  10. pci.ids already contains a description for my device!

    pci.ids already contains a description for my device!

  11. Exit vi – press ESC and enter :wq
  12. cd /tmp/oem
  13. tar -cvzf oem.tgz etc
  14. cp oem.tgz /bootbank/oem.tgz
  15. restart ESXi host.

At ESXi bootup, you will see the driver load, Fibre Channel adaptors always take a while to load the modules.

The following vSphere GUI client Storage Adaptors screenshots confirms the drivers have been loaded

ESXi 4.1 U1 Storage Adaptors listed in vSphere GUI Client after tweak

ESXi 4.1 U1 Storage Adaptors listed in vSphere GUI Client after tweak

I just need to find some fibre cable, 4GB FC Switches, and spare LUNs for testing!

At the ESXi console you can also use esxcfg-module -l (-q) to check for the module loaded (driver). You can also use this to load the module for testing.

I’ll be investigating ESXi 5.0 later this week.

UPDATE A few hours this afternoon (Tue 20th), tweaking ESXi 5.0, to provide support for the Qlogic QLE-220, and understanding how to add un-supported hardware to ESXi 5.0.

See here

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Baby SAN (Storage Area Network)

Monday, May 31st, 2010

This is my new baby SAN (Storage Area Network), it’s a MSA 1000 (Modular Storage Array) with Active/Active Dual Controllers, Dual SanSwitch 2/8 connected to a MSA30 external storage box. Currently filled with 18.2 and 36.4GB disks to test and configure before moving any data.

Hewlett Packard MSA1000

Hewlett Packard MSA1000 - bright orange LED lit - Volume rebuilding!

This will replace my aging RA4100’s which are FC-AL, connected to host VMware servers at 1 Gbit/s to provide shared storage. using Compaq/HP Smart Array 5300 with FC-AL modules. Although the MSA1000 is now discontinued, it’s a real Fibre Channel SAN, and can be connected to Fibre Channel HBAs at 2Gbit/s, so potentially faster than iSCSI or NFS even with jumbo frames over gigabit networking, until I get some 10Gbit/s LAN switches! No longer supported by HP or VMware for vSphere 4.0, but then again neither are my RA4100’s!

Three Compaq RA4100s FC-AL Storage Arrays

Three Compaq RA4100s FC-AL Storage Arrays

The manual states, “Migration from RA4100 to MSA1000, removed all the discs from the RA4100, re-insert in MSA1000 in correct order, it will recognise the array configuration, and mount the volume, it should then be ready to present this LUN to your servers” – sounds too easy to me!

it uses a slightly unusual variation of an RJ45 connection, which further research indicates is called an RJ45Z. A normal RJ45 cable doesn’t work, because the Rj45Z has a special notch on it!

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