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I have ESXi 5.1 running on a standalone box. On another server, I have Windows 2008 R2 installed and it has a 1 TB partition free. Both are on the same network. I am a complete noob to VMWare and I'd like to know the easiest way to use that 1 TB partition as a datastore/available resource on my ESXi server.

Will I have to convert the entire Windows 2008 R2 server using VMWare converter? If so, what will that do to my Windows server? Will it still run normally with Windows?

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Stop thinking about converting the Windows server as that's irrelevant to what you're trying to do.

You can use the local storage of the Windows server as a datastore for your vSphere server, although doing that isn't exactly the way I would go about adding storage to a vSphere server. That being said, here's what you can do:

Download and install the iSCSI Target software for the Windows server. Once installed you can create and configure the software to present iSCSI targets to your vSphere server.

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I'll try that now. Thanks!!! – blizz Dec 24 '12 at 22:42
was a breeze to set up! now have an additional TB from my Windows server to play with! Thank you!! – blizz Dec 25 '12 at 2:04
Glad to help... – joeqwerty Dec 25 '12 at 2:38

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