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Hi there,

I have a Windows 2003 Server that has a raw mapped lun from a NetApp filer.

I have created a copy of this lun that I want to map to a different windows host. (created a flexclone then split it from the parent).

I have now added the copied lun as a Raw Device Mapping (with virtual machine compatibility rather than physical) to a VMWare esx 4.0 host windows machines.

The disk appears in Storage Manager on the new server, but appears as unformatted.

Can anyone assist in viewing the contents of the copied lun on its new host?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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is this an NTFS formatted RDM ?

it should appear automatically, after a Disk Rescan, in Disk Management.
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by:jesus_hairdo
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Thank you for the confirmation what I thought was supposed to happen.

What was confusing me a little was that it didn't see the NTFS formatting and was showing 200GB free of 200GB.

I just did a re-scan and then assigned it a drive letter and bob's your uncle to drive is now available and is showing the correct capacity usage information.
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