Archive for March 30th, 2009

Note! this is applicable at least for OEL, RedHat, Fedora, but probably to all recent linux flavors.

oel5I had a strange error today when trying to install an Oracle Enterprise Linux 5 on a brand new VM made with VMware server 1.0.5:
When I tried to create linux partitions inside the VM, I’ve got: “no valid devices were found on which to create new filesystems“… like the kernel didn’t see the VM disks.

After less than a minute of google-ing this, I found that the “Typical” configuration inside the VMware Server is creating a SCSI disk with BusLogic controller which is not supported anymore by the Linux kernel.

To overcome this, you must create either a IDE disk either a SCSI disk with a LsiLogic controller.

Good luck!

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