I've been running ESXi 4.1u1 on a DX58SO motherboard and recently upgraded to the new DX58SO2,
mainly for the addition of the 2 x 6G SATA ports. In doing my research, I saw your posting, which gave me confidence
everything would go fine. ESXi 4.1u1 came up on the new board, but it doesn't recognize any storage devices
on the blue 6G SATA ports. Any of the six black 3G SATA ports are fine. It seems ESXi 4.1u1 does not
recognize the Marvell 88SE91xx chip handling the blue 6G ports.
I have two WDCFAEX 6G drives, which I wanted to RAID0 to get close to 12G speeds. Sadly, I not only
don't get the RAID0, I don't even get individual drives working on the 6G SATA ports, so I'm getting 3G at best
on all that fancy hardware!
The Marvell chip & BIOS give me the impression they do not require OS-level support (?). The drives show
up in BIOS and I can set up (or not) the Marvell Virtual Disk RAID drive.
It seems to me you might be able help. Should I expect the blue 6G SATA ports to work with ESXi 4.1u1?
Can I expect the Marvell chip to be supported in the ESXi 5.0 release?
Any insight would be greatly appreciated, especially before I give up on the project and turn it into a Windows7
machine that can actually use the hardware...