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I am looking to install the free VMware ESXi on an existing server that currently has Windows Server 2003 installed. We currently have a box running VMware server but this will be my first run in with ESXi. The RAID configuration is already setup as I want but I'm wondering if I should first format the drives using something like gParted or will the ESXi installer format the drives prior to install? Thanks in advance for any assistance.

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The ESXi installer will recommend sizes for the various partitions it needs. You can accept its recommendations or customize them, and then it will partition the disk for you.

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good deal, thanks for the info. –  dkirk Nov 8 '10 at 1:15

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