Create a custom ESXi image for your RAID Driver | 3ware 9750 SAS RAID

Situation :

I have a new server with following RAID card : 3ware 9750 SAS
I would like to run ESXi on it but my RAID card is not supported by VMWare :-(
Since I have only one partition , I need to modify the original ESXi iso with my own RAID driver in order to be able to install ESXi on my server..

It’s easy , follow the next three steps :

Step 1 – Extract the 3ware 9750 SAS RAID-driver

Step 2 – Create your custom oem.tgz file

Step 3 – Create your custom ISO

If you have questions ,feel free to leave a comment here and if possible I will try to assist you!

Note : I spend quite some time on this issue during my work as an operation manager @ nomadesk  – The easiest and most secure way to share, synchronize and backup files wherever you are, online or offline! So thank you for that!


15 Responses to “Create a custom ESXi image for your RAID Driver | 3ware 9750 SAS RAID”

  1. Nick on September 16th, 2010 4:13 pm

    I also have a 9750 that i am trying to integrate and totally new to this mk script.

    Can you tell me what options i need to include when running the script to include the oem.tgz that you posted on vm-help?

  2. admin on September 17th, 2010 2:18 am

    Hi Nick,

    You don’t need to included any options when starting the script.

    The only requirements are that you have the orginal ESxi ISO in place + the custom oem.tgz file.

    Does that answers your question?

  3. somethingwrong on October 12th, 2010 8:37 pm

    I have Promise Supertrak 8650 SAS RAID Card
    and also follow your instrctions to make a oem.tgz that contain stex.o driver.
    then install via PXE server and load oem.tgz sucess but system responds esxi could not populate filesystem: Boot image is corrupted

  4. Varazir on November 29th, 2010 12:03 pm

    Thanks for using my script

  5. admin on November 29th, 2010 1:59 pm

    Np , thank you for the excellent script

  6. Stephen on January 5th, 2011 12:24 am

    Hi Stijn,
    That’s exactly what I need. Tks!
    Btw, I’ll be having a conference call Filip next week. Hoping we can bring nomadesk to APAC.
    With guys like working nomadesk, we are even more confident to go a long way w/ ur mobile data protection solution.

  7. wwdj on January 5th, 2011 3:15 am

    Thank you, always nice to read comments like these!

  8. Glenn Leszczak on January 9th, 2011 2:02 pm

    New to linux. I’m trying to run script on a SUSE 11 box but there’s no apt-get. Script asks for an alternative. I tried to give it zypper with no switches but it didn’t complete. Does anybody know what should be supplied or if it will even work on 11? I desperately need to get a disk to install from with this 3ware controller.

  9. Glenn on January 9th, 2011 10:17 pm

    Just finished an installation of Ubuntu 10.04 and tried running script. Got the following error:

    171: Syntax error: “(” unexpected

    That’s the second uncommented line of the script (if I’m reading it right). Is this a Ubuntu specific issue?

  10. wwdj on January 10th, 2011 3:03 am

    Glenn I suggest that you ask for support here :

    Since I don’t have thatm uch spare time to assist you!

    Kind regards

  11. Lampies on February 14th, 2012 1:53 pm

    I’ve successfully built the above image for ESXi 4.1U1 including the LSI 3ware SAS 9750 (4i/8i) drivers.

    This took me a few hours so hopefully I can spare the next guys with this issue some time.

    You are welcome to grab the install image using the link below:

  12. ESXi 4.1U1 including the LSI 3ware SAS 9750 (4i/8i) drivers. : on February 14th, 2012 3:27 pm

    […] Met Dank aan Lampies : […]

  13. wwdj on February 14th, 2012 3:28 pm

    Thanks a lot Lampies!

  14. wwdj on January 8th, 2013 11:58 am


    A tool which could come in handy

  15. DM on February 15th, 2013 5:41 pm

    Thank you Lampies, your image helped me a lot!

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