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Re: Testing with VMWare Fusion... No virtual SCSI devices

On Thu, Aug 5, 2010 at 8:29 PM, Aurelien Jarno <aurelien@aurel32.net> wrote:
> On Wed, Aug 04, 2010 at 11:37:53PM -0400, Brian Gupta wrote:
>> Seems that none of the SCSI options work with the AMD64 mini.iso.. I
>> believe the device emulated is an LSI Logic SCSI adapter. (But am not
>> 100% certain since VMWare Fusion settings are a bit more Opaque than
>> other VMWare releases). I am using the predefined FreeBSD64 settings
>> profile in VMWare Fusion.
>> I did manage to get it working with a virtual ATA controller though,
>> but got warning messages saying "Warning: Could not flush cache of
>> device /dev/ad0 - No such device."
>> Interestingly even though the installer didn't see the SCSI devices,
>> once I was booted off an install I did on a virtual ATA device, I did
>> see this in dmesg.:
>> Waiting 2 seconds for SCSI devices to settle
>> da0 at mpt0 bus 0 target 0 lun 0
>> da0: <VMware, VMware Virtual S 1.0> Fixed Direct Access SCSI-2 device
>> da0: 320.000MB/s transfers (160.000MHz DT, offset 127, 16bit)
>> da0: Command Queueing Enabled
>> da0: 8192MB (16777216 512 byte sectors: 255H 63S/T 1044C)
>> and /dev/da0 exists (but all the other da* devices don't), and running
>> parted doesn't seem to see da0.
>> On the flip side networking works.. so there is a mostly working
>> "headless" config for VMWare Fusion, and most likely VMWare
>> Workstation.
>> One reason to get SCSI working is that VMWare ESXi does not seem to
>> have a virtual ATA controller available and only let's virtual SCSI
>> drives get added. (Pretty much all VMWare products provide an option
>> to run a virtual LSI Logic SCSI controller.) I am wondering if the LSI
>> Logic drivers that come with FreeBSD are proprietary blogs that got
>> stripped out of kfreebsd?
>> Please let me know if there is any more output I can provide, or if
>> someone wants to directly interact with the VM at DC10. (I will be at
>> DebConf for most of Thursday and alternatively can plan to meet up any
>> evening this week.)
> Please note that I am currently working on getting debian-installer
> using the 8.1 kernel instead of the 7.3. This should probably be
> retested after that, as a lot of drivers are going to change.

That sounds promising. Do you have an idea when it will be ready for testing?

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