Enabling an HBA for use in ESXi 6.5

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It’s been just under a week since we figured out the last issue, but now I’m getting pretty close to the end-game. I’ll try to keep it short, for all of you busy experts out there.


I have an HBA (LSI SAS9201-16e) connected to a drive cage (Kingwin MKS-435TL) that is holding four SAS HDDs (IBM Storwize V7000 98Y3241). I wish to be able to pass each individual drive to a different VM. I originally thought that this would involve SR-IOV, but now I am not so sure. Instead of wandering around in the dark, I’ll ask this:


What is the recommended method for enabling passthrough of individual drives, that are connected via an HBA?


If you want/need more info about my setup, tell me – I’ll give you the info you request.



Here are some of the sources that I’ve read thus far:



I’ve had no luck getting it to work thus far:

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Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

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