raw device mapping
Raw Device Mapping of local SATA disks on ESXi
My brand new ESXi machine is a “standard” Intel Z68 powered PC. It has three disks inside: two SSD and a SATA disk. My idea is to use the first SSD to host some VM (production VM, virtual ESXi, virtual Hyper-V…) and to connect the two other disks to a FreeNAS virtual instance. This enables to present a ZFS storage to the virtual hypervisors. Here’s the way to attach two of the SATA drives to a single virtual machine using RDM technics. BTW, I’m using ESXi v5.0.0.