Im just playing arround with ESXi 5.1 and installing it on a SAN. I have setup a small SAN using OPEN-E DSS 7. I have confirgued the SAN iSCSI targets correctly and from windows I can mount the LUNs.
In my ESXi host i have a a BCM 5708 iSCSI card, I havce confirgured this to mount the LUN and then boot from the ESXi CD so i can can pick the LUN to install it on. On the installation screen i do not see the LUN. I can see that teh server connects to the SAN but then the session disconnects.
I have been searching the Internet but can find any documentation what the correct method is. These are the steps I followed.
1. Configure the SAN, Volumes, Targets, LUNs...
2. On the ESXi Host, configure the Broadcom card as an initiator.
3. Put the HBA as the primary boot option
4. Put from the CD and install ESXi