Is there a way to use IDE Drives with ESX for at least storage purposes? I have lots of IDE drives 200-500GB. Just trying to find some use of these drives within a VMWare ESX 3.5 environment.
Outside of Dave's suggestions, there is no way to use these disks directly. Your remote storage device needs to be able to use them.
Edward L. Haletky
VMware Communities User Moderator
Author of the book 'VMWare ESX Server in the Enterprise: Planning and Securing Virtualization Servers', Copyright 2008 Pearson Education.
CIO Virtualization Blog: http://www.cio.com/blog/index/topic/168354
As well as the Virtualization Wiki at http://www.astroarch.com/wiki/index.php/Virtualization
If you're not afraid of getting your hands dirty, re-compile the CoS and include NFSv3 support. This way you can point to the CoS for NFS services and gain access to your IDE storage.