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My question concernes local storage on my ESXI Servers.  I have two Dell Poweredge C2100 Servers with Dual Procs, 128GBs of Memory, Perc 800 Raid controller and set up with ESXI 5.0 on a 600GB Velociraptor and the 12 Drives set up with 3TB drives with Raid 5 giving me 30.00 TB of Drive space. I have two of these servers and presently they are configured Identically. I have a third Server set up the same except only 24.5 TB in a raid 5. I have Server 2008 R2 installed on the third which will host Vsphere Center and the 24.5 TB will be used for data storage on our network. I have several 5 Bay Q-NAPS and two large external drive arrays with Linux Redhat Enterprise ( 27TB's ea) which I will use for NFS shares and storage respectively.

My question is this:
     I configured a 2TB partition on my ESXI Servers to store my VM's but what can I do with the remaining 28 TB's?...I want to make them available for storage on my network?!...HELP! I don't want to use HYPER-V but only VMWARE. Any suggestions will be welcomed guys! Hate to lose all this storage space as we desperately need it for archiving. Can I connect to this local storage from Viclient or ESXI and how can I make it available on the Network?  

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Question by:kentprice
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The local storage attached to an ESXi server can only be provisoned for Virtual Machines.

Create a virtual machine, and allocate storage (a virtual disk) and share this storage using Windows Shares or NFS from the Virtual Machine.
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Thank you..so let me understand..I will create a VM say using 2008 R2 standard and I would add the file services role and could configure NFS sharing and it will be able to see the local storage on the ESXI server? Thank you again for your post...
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Not exactly, when you create your VM, you need to add virtual disks that use the storage on the ESXi server.
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You need to add a virtual server on the ESX server and allocate all the free space (the 28 Tb local storage) to the virtual server.
When you have installed the virtual server you can partition the allocated space and share as you like.
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by:kentprice
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Thank you so much..now I understand..creating my VM now...I know I am on my way...
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