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    Default Re: Gigabyte EX58-Extreme VT-d beta bios?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebmxer View Post
    Great to hear. I just got out my old ex-58-ud5 board out and have esxi 5.0 installed. I am tring to see if this bios has the same problem or not; but I am not sure how you are seeing this problem.

    If you dont mind walking me thru step by step on your setup. Is there some special hardware you have for your "File Server" that I may not have and there for not having the same problem?

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    Under Configuration tab then Advanced Setting. DirectPath I/O Configuration. I have a warning. Configuring host hardware without special virtualization features for virtual machine passthrough will make it unavailable for use except via dedication it to a single virtual machine. In particular, configure a device needed for normal host boot or operation can make normal host boot impossible and may require significant effort to undo.
    That's what I'm trying to do - I have 10 x 2TB hard drives that I want to run in software RAID either via mdadm or ZFS through a VM so I need to "dedicate" or set up passthrough for those and allow the storage server VM to directly access them. This requires VT-d. I'm running ESXi 4.1u1 btw so all my onboard NICs will work (with a patch).
    Does your Direct Path I/O menu show any devices available for passthrough or does it just say "Host does not support DirectPath" or something similar.
    That's the issue I've had with this board which is the fact that VT-d wasn't implemented in the regular BIOS builds and with the first beta build I got it didn't do anything except cause ESXi to freeze during the boot up process when VT-d is enabled.
    If you are trying to play with ESXi, I strongly recommend vm-help.com, the dedicated site to whitebox ESXi builds. I got tons of help and advice there. Let me know if you need more info about my build

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    Default Re: Gigabyte EX58-Extreme VT-d beta bios?

    Quote Originally Posted by chinesestunna View Post
    That's what I'm trying to do - I have 10 x 2TB hard drives that I want to run in software RAID either via mdadm or ZFS through a VM so I need to "dedicate" or set up passthrough for those and allow the storage server VM to directly access them. This requires VT-d. I'm running ESXi 4.1u1 btw so all my onboard NICs will work (with a patch).
    Does your Direct Path I/O menu show any devices available for passthrough or does it just say "Host does not support DirectPath" or something similar.
    That's the issue I've had with this board which is the fact that VT-d wasn't implemented in the regular BIOS builds and with the first beta build I got it didn't do anything except cause ESXi to freeze during the boot up process when VT-d is enabled.
    If you are trying to play with ESXi, I strongly recommend vm-help.com, the dedicated site to whitebox ESXi builds. I got tons of help and advice there. Let me know if you need more info about my build
    Mine said "Host does not support "DirectPath" and shows no devices and will not allow you to configure any part of it.

    Ok You and I are in the same boat. This system I have has 4 x 2tb hdds in raid 10(0+1) that has data on it and would like to have esxi mount it with out formatting so my guest vm's can access it.

    I have now switched back over to server 2008 r2 and gonna use hyper-v. Maybe ill install esxi in hyper-v and see what happens as I like the sphere client software.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Acebmxer View Post
    Mine said "Host does not support "DirectPath" and shows no devices and will not allow you to configure any part of it.

    Ok You and I are in the same boat. This system I have has 4 x 2tb hdds in raid 10(0+1) that has data on it and would like to have esxi mount it with out formatting so my guest vm's can access it.

    I have now switched back over to server 2008 r2 and gonna use hyper-v. Maybe ill install esxi in hyper-v and see what happens as I like the sphere client software.
    I just realized that your board is pretty much my board without that waterblock built in, are the BIOSes cross-compatible? That would be something interesting. I don't think ESXi will do what you need if you are trying to pass the array to guest VMs, DirectPath will allow for EXCLUSIVE access of the hardware by a VM so that will prevent you from being able to access the RAID10 array in more than 1 VM (at least that's my understanding). Is the array ran bhay a true hardware controller or software RAID?
    Sounds like you have the same issue though regarding VT-d, I get the no "DirectPath" message as well with VT-d disabled but up until this point if I enable it ESXi will not boot. I'm not sure if you need ESXi5.0 but from my research so far 4.1u1 might be better for our hardware/needs, it's also very mature with a lot of community resources if you run into trouble. I found a linux script that auto adds additional drivers (such as for the Realtek 8111D lan) and installs ESXi automatically to a USB Flash drive which allows me to test and experiment much faster since I can just tell the machine to boot from USB when needing ESXi.

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    Default Re: Gigabyte EX58-Extreme VT-d beta bios?

    my raid is ran by the intel controller. But some how 2 of my drives dropped from my array and now I can not access the array.

    I havent down much research on this yet I am just dipping my toes in to the water right now.

    EsxI 5 see my drives but it see them as individual drives not as 1 raid array under that datastore section. I dont know if esxi caused 2 of my drives to drop out while I was messing around. I tried not to apply any changes but who knows.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte EX58-Extreme VT-d beta bios?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebmxer View Post
    my raid is ran by the intel controller. But some how 2 of my drives dropped from my array and now I can not access the array.

    I havent down much research on this yet I am just dipping my toes in to the water right now.

    EsxI 5 see my drives but it see them as individual drives not as 1 raid array under that datastore section. I dont know if esxi caused 2 of my drives to drop out while I was messing around. I tried not to apply any changes but who knows.
    That's normal - onboard RAID is basically "fakeRAID" and is determined by software support, if the OS (such as Windows) has fully developed drivers it will work correctly and show up as a RAID set. If no drivers (such as ESXi), then the system will see the drives as individuals.

    I'm not sure if this has to do with the drives dropping from the array, does the initial booting screen at least still see the array intact in the Intel AHCI RAID BIOS?

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    2 of the drives dropped to non-raid member. Im am sure I could have found some software to fix them. Intel raid software said try to fix it but gave no option to fix it. So I just deleted the array and then recreated and restored from a back up. Lost a couple of days of data but not much.

    I know I should invest in a true raid card. I would like a sata3 raid card with 4 internal ports but cant find any on newegg or the few they had were a lot of money.

    Any luck on your end. I think Stasio posted another new bios for your board.
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    Default Re: Gigabyte EX58-Extreme VT-d beta bios?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebmxer View Post
    2 of the drives dropped to non-raid member. Im am sure I could have found some software to fix them. Intel raid software said try to fix it but gave no option to fix it. So I just deleted the array and then recreated and restored from a back up. Lost a couple of days of data but not much.

    I know I should invest in a true raid card. I would like a sata3 raid card with 4 internal ports but cant find any on newegg or the few they had were a lot of money.

    Any luck on your end. I think Stasio posted another new bios for your board.
    I personally recommend full software RAID depending on the budget - performance is good enough for most home uses. Also it's not hardware dependent, if your RAID card dies, you'd have to buy something that's the same brand/series otherwise risk losing your data, software RAID is a lot more robust when it comes to changing H/W configs.
    The new BIOS I posted got VT-d working for me (finally) so the build is progressing now, running into other issues though. I did test the passthrough in a Windows VM and it's working great.

    Good luck!

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    Default Re: Gigabyte EX58-Extreme VT-d beta bios?

    Ok crossflashed my board to the Extreme with your bios. I had a little issue with the intel raid rom. I had to update them. I just have to check if the VT-d is working.

    Here is a modded version of the bios if you like.

    It contains

    1. Intel® RAID ROM 11.0.0.1124 - OK
    2. Realtek LAN ROM 2.41 - OK
    3. JMicron ROM 1.07.28 - OK

    EX58EXGKMoD.zip
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    Default Re: Gigabyte EX58-Extreme VT-d beta bios?

    Quote Originally Posted by Acebmxer View Post
    Ok crossflashed my board to the Extreme with your bios. I had a little issue with the intel raid rom. I had to update them. I just have to check if the VT-d is working.

    Here is a modded version of the bios if you like.

    It contains

    1. Intel® RAID ROM 11.0.0.1124 - OK
    2. Realtek LAN ROM 2.41 - OK
    3. JMicron ROM 1.07.28 - OK

    EX58EXGKMoD.zip
    Wow cool thanks, let me know if everything works for this BIOS and if you get your VT-d working, if so I'll update my board too. This is really something Gigabyte should be doing for us lol but oh well

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    Yeah I dont know. The release notes Stasio had for the bios said "Improve OCZ PCIe SSD compatibility and RAID ROM". File size was smaller then the updated raid rom that I updated.

    I dont know what they did but my raid is working correctly now. Ill test the VT-d support.
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