UPDATE: vSphere 6.5 and VSAN 6.5 introduced 512e support so 4K native drives with 512 emulation (512e) are supported. In other words, 4K native drives without 512e are still not supported.
UPDATE 2018-04-18: vSphere 6.7 introdiuced support of 4K native drives.
Call "HostDatastoreSystem.QueryVmfsDatastoreCreateOptions" for object "ha-datastoresystem" on ESXi "esxi-test" failed.
I have just received following question from one reader ...
"How can I list physical disks connected to internal PERC8?"Unfortunately I don't have access to any 13G Dell server but I did a research and there should be three available methods.
Method 1/ racadm
If you have DRAC (Dell Remote Access/management Card) you can leverage racadm.
Based on racadm documentation it should be possible
BlockSizeInBytes (Read Only) Description This is readonly attribute. This property indicates the logical block size of the physical drive that this virtual disk belongs to. Legal Values Values: 512 or 4096
Method 3/ perccli
Dell has utility called perccli. You can check perccli documentation for all details but there is command for viewing physical drive details for the specified slot in the controller.
- Syntax is perccli /c0/e32/s4 show all
Downside of this method is that perccli binaries exist just for windows or linux so you cannot use it directly from ESXi and you have to boot for example Linux live CD.
Method 4/ megacli (not supported)
Third method is leveraging LSI megacli utility. Dell PERC is manufactured by LSI so it should work. LSI has megacli VIB for ESXi but it is not officially supported by VMware nor Dell.
See details at http://de.community.dell.com/