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Use 'esxcfg-vmhbadevs' to establish the device names used by the Service Console and the VMkernel for local storage. (/dev/sda or /dev/cciss are example service console name and vmhba0:0:0 is an example vmkernel)
Use 'fdisk' on the service console to create a partition on the device and make it type 'fb'
Then create a VMFS using
'vmkfstools -C vmfs3 -S <YOURvmfsNAME> vmhba0:0:0:<partitionNUMBER>'
refresh the VI client.
You can also connect to the host via the VIC directly and under Configuration you should be able to create a VMFS on the local storage if one is not already there. In general the install will autocreate a VMFS on the remaining local storage and label it as storage1.
Edward L. Haletky, author of the forthcoming 'VMWare ESX Server in the Enterprise: Planning and Securing Virtualization Servers', publishing January 2008, (c) 2008 Pearson Education. Available on Rough Cuts at http://safari.informit.com/9780132302074
I can not do type "fb" it does not appear to be an option.
Am I doing something wrong?