This section lists the requirements for setting up SCSI disks.

Consider the following requirements when setting up SCSI disks:

If a virtual machine has mixed IDE and SCSI disks, the first IDE disk is considered the boot disk, and vCenter Server passes it to the customizer. “First” is in controller:device order, that is, ide0:0, ide0:1, scsi0:0, scsi0:1, and so on.

On a Windows guest operating system, if the virtual machine resides on a host running ESX Server 3.0.x or earlier, both the active partition (the partition containing boot.ini) and the system partition (the partition containing the system directory, for example, \WINNT or \WINDOWS), are on the same virtual disk and attached the SCSI 0:0 virtual SCSI node. It is not a requirement that active and system partitions be the same partition.

On a Linux guest operating system, if the virtual machine resides on a host running ESX Server 3.0.x or earlier, the virtual disk containing the system partition (the partition containing the /etc directory) must reside on the SCSI 0:0 node.