Hello all. I am using FreeNAS 8.2 x64 for storage and I have a 2TB iSCSI LUN created. I connected to this LUN in Windows with iSCSI Initiator and copied some data to it. My question is that I want to take this LUN and the data on it and add it to ESXi. I am running ESXi 5.0.0, 623860. I have successfully configured the iSCSI Software Adapter in Configuration-> Storage Adapters and the LUN is appearing. When I go to Configuration->Storage and then go to add the LUN, I have no option but to wipe all partitions and format. Is there a way around this? I'm fairly new to ESXi so I didn't know if there was a way to add data to an iSCSI LUN and then import into ESXi without wiping the LUN. Any help would be appreciated. Thanks.
You would need to add it as a Raw Device Mapping to a virtual machine, in order to be able to use the previously formatted partition. Adding it to a host will format it.