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Mastering PowerCLI by Sajal Debnath

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Using Raw Device Mapping

Though Raw Device Mapping (RDM) disks are added to a VM, we will cover this topic here as we are discussing storage-related topics here. A RDM is a pointer mapping file, which is kept in a VMFS datastore that acts as a proxy for a raw physical storage device. By using RDM, a virtual machine can directly access the raw physical device. Typically, we use RDM disks when we need to access raw disks—for example, configuring an OS cluster inside a guest OS, configuring database clusters, and so on. To add a device as a RDM disk to a VM, let's first get a list of devices available to a host. We do this using a list of SCSI devices available per host using the Get-SCSILun cmdlet:

PS C:\> Get-ScsiLun -VmHost ESXi1.lab.com | Select ...

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