PROXMOX Level Zero

As Master Shifu once said “There is now a level Zero”
Hello Everyone,
After watching Jay’s youtube series on installing Proxmox I decided to take an old Poweredge T420, Install Proxmox and then install a couple of VMs. Pfsense and who knows what else.

Jay made it look so incredibly easy, So I thought, I GOT this :slight_smile:
The T420 has an IDRAC7 interface
I have 10 sas drives total
2 146gb drives in a Raid 1
8 600gb drives in Raid 10
Drives are on a Perc H710 controller

My first problem, when installing Proxmox, I am only seeing the single drive.
Attempted to install using zfs Raid 1

How do I make all drives available / visible?

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Lspci log below:

root@Proxmoxpve:~# lspci
00:00.0 Host bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 DMI2 (rev 07)
00:01.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 IIO PCI Express Root Port 1a (rev 07)
00:01.1 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 IIO PCI Express Root Port 1b (rev 07)
00:03.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 IIO PCI Express Root Port 3a in PCI Express Mode (rev 07)
00:05.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Address Map, VTd_Misc, System Management (rev 07)
00:05.2 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Control Status and Global Errors (rev 07)
00:11.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation C600/X79 series chipset PCI Express Virtual Root Port (rev 05)
00:16.0 Communication controller: Intel Corporation C600/X79 series chipset MEI Controller #1 (rev 05)
00:16.1 Communication controller: Intel Corporation C600/X79 series chipset MEI Controller #2 (rev 05)
00:1a.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation C600/X79 series chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller #2 (rev 05)
00:1c.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation C600/X79 series chipset PCI Express Root Port 1 (rev b5)
00:1c.4 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation C600/X79 series chipset PCI Express Root Port 5 (rev b5)
00:1c.6 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation C600/X79 series chipset PCI Express Root Port 7 (rev b5)
00:1c.7 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation C600/X79 series chipset PCI Express Root Port 8 (rev b5)
00:1d.0 USB controller: Intel Corporation C600/X79 series chipset USB2 Enhanced Host Controller #1 (rev 05)
00:1e.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation 82801 PCI Bridge (rev a5)
00:1f.0 ISA bridge: Intel Corporation C600/X79 series chipset LPC Controller (rev 05)
00:1f.2 SATA controller: Intel Corporation C600/X79 series chipset 6-Port SATA AHCI Controller (rev 05)
01:00.0 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Inc. and subsidiaries NetXtreme BCM5720 2-port Gigabit Ethernet PCIe
01:00.1 Ethernet controller: Broadcom Inc. and subsidiaries NetXtreme BCM5720 2-port Gigabit Ethernet PCIe
03:00.0 PCI bridge: Renesas Technology Corp. SH7757 PCIe Switch [PS]
04:00.0 PCI bridge: Renesas Technology Corp. SH7757 PCIe Switch [PS]
04:01.0 PCI bridge: Renesas Technology Corp. SH7757 PCIe Switch [PS]
05:00.0 PCI bridge: Renesas Technology Corp. SH7757 PCIe-PCI Bridge [PPB]
06:00.0 VGA compatible controller: Matrox Electronics Systems Ltd. G200eR2
08:00.0 RAID bus controller: Broadcom / LSI MegaRAID SAS 2208 [Thunderbolt] (rev 05)
3f:08.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 QPI Link 0 (rev 07)
3f:09.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 QPI Link 1 (rev 07)
3f:0a.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Power Control Unit 0 (rev 07)
3f:0a.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Power Control Unit 1 (rev 07)
3f:0a.2 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Power Control Unit 2 (rev 07)
3f:0a.3 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Power Control Unit 3 (rev 07)
3f:0b.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Interrupt Control Registers (rev 07)
3f:0b.3 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Semaphore and Scratchpad Configuration Registers (rev 07)
3f:0c.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Unicast Register 0 (rev 07)
3f:0c.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Unicast Register 0 (rev 07)
3f:0c.2 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Unicast Register 0 (rev 07)
3f:0c.6 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller System Address Decoder 0 (rev 07)
3f:0c.7 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 System Address Decoder (rev 07)
3f:0d.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Unicast Register 0 (rev 07)
3f:0d.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Unicast Register 0 (rev 07)
3f:0d.2 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Unicast Register 0 (rev 07)
3f:0d.6 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller System Address Decoder 1 (rev 07)
3f:0e.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Processor Home Agent (rev 07)
3f:0e.1 Performance counters: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Processor Home Agent Performance Monitoring (rev 07)
3f:0f.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Registers (rev 07)
3f:0f.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller RAS Registers (rev 07)
3f:0f.2 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Target Address Decoder 0 (rev 07)
3f:0f.3 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Target Address Decoder 1 (rev 07)
3f:0f.4 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Target Address Decoder 2 (rev 07)
3f:0f.5 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Target Address Decoder 3 (rev 07)
3f:0f.6 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Target Address Decoder 4 (rev 07)
3f:10.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Channel 0-3 Thermal Control 0 (rev 07)
3f:10.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Channel 0-3 Thermal Control 1 (rev 07)
3f:10.2 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller ERROR Registers 0 (rev 07)
3f:10.3 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller ERROR Registers 1 (rev 07)
3f:10.5 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Channel 0-3 Thermal Control 3 (rev 07)
3f:10.6 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller ERROR Registers 2 (rev 07)
3f:10.7 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller ERROR Registers 3 (rev 07)
3f:11.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 DDRIO (rev 07)
3f:13.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 R2PCIe (rev 07)
3f:13.1 Performance counters: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Ring to PCI Express Performance Monitor (rev 07)
3f:13.4 Performance counters: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 QuickPath Interconnect Agent Ring Registers (rev 07)
3f:13.5 Performance counters: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Ring to QuickPath Interconnect Link 0 Performance Monitor (rev 07)
3f:13.6 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Ring to QuickPath Interconnect Link 1 Performance Monitor (rev 07)
40:03.0 PCI bridge: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 IIO PCI Express Root Port 3a in PCI Express Mode (rev 07)
40:05.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Address Map, VTd_Misc, System Management (rev 07)
40:05.2 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Control Status and Global Errors (rev 07)
7f:08.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 QPI Link 0 (rev 07)
7f:09.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 QPI Link 1 (rev 07)
7f:0a.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Power Control Unit 0 (rev 07)
7f:0a.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Power Control Unit 1 (rev 07)
7f:0a.2 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Power Control Unit 2 (rev 07)
7f:0a.3 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Power Control Unit 3 (rev 07)
7f:0b.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Interrupt Control Registers (rev 07)
7f:0b.3 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Semaphore and Scratchpad Configuration Registers (rev 07)
7f:0c.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Unicast Register 0 (rev 07)
7f:0c.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Unicast Register 0 (rev 07)
7f:0c.2 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Unicast Register 0 (rev 07)
7f:0c.6 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller System Address Decoder 0 (rev 07)
7f:0c.7 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 System Address Decoder (rev 07)
7f:0d.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Unicast Register 0 (rev 07)
7f:0d.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Unicast Register 0 (rev 07)
7f:0d.2 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Unicast Register 0 (rev 07)
7f:0d.6 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller System Address Decoder 1 (rev 07)
7f:0e.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Processor Home Agent (rev 07)
7f:0e.1 Performance counters: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Processor Home Agent Performance Monitoring (rev 07)
7f:0f.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Registers (rev 07)
7f:0f.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller RAS Registers (rev 07)
7f:0f.2 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Target Address Decoder 0 (rev 07)
7f:0f.3 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Target Address Decoder 1 (rev 07)
7f:0f.4 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Target Address Decoder 2 (rev 07)
7f:0f.5 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Target Address Decoder 3 (rev 07)
7f:0f.6 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Target Address Decoder 4 (rev 07)
7f:10.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Channel 0-3 Thermal Control 0 (rev 07)
7f:10.1 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Channel 0-3 Thermal Control 1 (rev 07)
7f:10.2 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller ERROR Registers 0 (rev 07)
7f:10.3 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller ERROR Registers 1 (rev 07)
7f:10.5 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller Channel 0-3 Thermal Control 3 (rev 07)
7f:10.6 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller ERROR Registers 2 (rev 07)
7f:10.7 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Integrated Memory Controller ERROR Registers 3 (rev 07)
7f:11.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 DDRIO (rev 07)
7f:13.0 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 R2PCIe (rev 07)
7f:13.1 Performance counters: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Ring to PCI Express Performance Monitor (rev 07)
7f:13.4 Performance counters: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 QuickPath Interconnect Agent Ring Registers (rev 07)
7f:13.5 Performance counters: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Ring to QuickPath Interconnect Link 0 Performance Monitor (rev 07)
7f:13.6 System peripheral: Intel Corporation Xeon E5/Core i7 Ring to QuickPath Interconnect Link 1 Performance Monitor (rev 07)
root@Proxmoxpve:~#

If you are going to use ZFS, you need to set the perc into AHCI mode. Then you have to reinstall proxmox.

To add to what @Biky mentioned, ZFS typically wants direct access to the drives. I’d avoid using Dell’s RAID setup and configure the drives to “pass through” to the OS. One way to do this, is to find a compatible RAID card for your server. This is actually fairly easy, you can go on eBay and search for TrueNAS, and you’ll probably find a RAID card. Even though your question wasn’t in regards to TrueNAS, if it works for that to pass through the drives, it will work for Proxmox too.

Just make sure it’s compatible with your server, and you may or may not need new SAS cables (I don’t remember). If I remember correctly, I believe you’re looking for a RAID card flashed into “IT Mode”. You can flash these yourself, but I don’t know how to do it. I purchased RAID cards that other people on eBay have already flashed, and I had great success with that.

Here’s an example of one (don’t buy it before confirming you have the appropriate slot and cables):

You should shop around and find the best price you can, I only posted that as an example.

Once you have the proper RAID card, then Proxmox should have direct access to the drive and then you can set up ZFS.

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Thanks everyone for your responses.
so my options are to set raid card to AHCI mode
Purchase a new raid card
OR I stumbled across this guide on how to FLASH your Perc H710 card

FohdeeshaDocs Perc H710 CrossFlashing