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.
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.