How to passthrough SATA drives directly on VMWare ESXi 6.5 as RDMs
There aren't many tutorials about this, the only tutorials I've found were about passing through entire PCIe cards to VMs, or refered to old ESXi versions (below 6.5) that used a more comprehensive desktop client instead of the web app. In v6.5, the web app was introduced and the desktop client was deprecated. You used to be able to setup RDMs in the desktop client, but with the introduction of the web console, this is no longer the case. This tutorial shows you how to pass SATA HDDs to the virtual machine on VMWare ESXi 6.5. This tutorial is partially based on VMWare's own KB and the now deprecated Forza IT blog post.
A word about VMWare ESXi 6.7
There is now an option while editing your VM's settings to add a
New raw disk when you click `Add ha