My ISP deleted my user directory on their server and all of my VMware-related files are gone. I'll see if I can find them on my home PC. If not, I'll try and recreate the steps for installing ESX 3.5 from USB flash.
thanks for the responses, ok I wait further news
2009/4/19, Paul Lalonde <firstname.lastname@example.org>:
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Another option you might explore is UNetbootin:
Install this app, point it to your ISO (downloaded from VMware or customized), point it to a USB drive and go.
Only snag I've encoutered thusfar is a customized ISO with ~109 customized kickstart files. The menu it boots to only displayed the first ~20 or so files versus the full list.
If you install esx 3.0 or esx 2.5 off USB stick first, then you can install esx 3.5 and select 'upgrade' .. this bypasses the anaconda partitoning screen, so anaconda won't crash as it usually does during a fresh 3.5 install of USB stick.
this is a great thread, I downloaded http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ as well and got the ESX setup to successfully boot, however now I am prompted with a message: "what type of media contains the packages to be installed?"
neither local CDROm or Hard drive will allow me to access the USB stick. strange that the setup can boot to the USB stick but then cannot seem to see itself when its time to do the actual install. clearly this is a popular thread, and i think it would be great if VMware would just come out with a utility or something that properly sets up a USB stick for installing. It would save a lot of CDROMs going into the landfill and save a ton of time!
I am new to this thread. I have the similar problem when I try to insatll ESX 3.5 onto a HP server. I need replace the hdstg2.img file. But have problem to down load it from the link you supply. Please help me to get the right URL to download hdstg2.img
I have the exact same problem when I boot ESX 3.5 from USB on a HP server. But I have probem to download your hdstg2.img patch. I hope you can help to get this patch
Thanks in advance,
linli Zhao, email@example.com
All, I've managed to get the base process working much easier using a MultibootISO process from http://www.pendrivelinux.com/boot-multiple-iso-from-usb-multiboot-usb/
2. Attach your USB Drive and run the MultibootISOs-v0.3.exe utility. Select your USB drive and follow the steps to completion.
3. Copy your ESX 3.5 ISO to the root of your USB Drive. In my case esx-3.5.0_Update05-207095.iso
4. Use Wordpad (not notepad) to edit menu.lst file on the
root of your USB drive. You'll see several bootable linux options in
this file. Of course, unless you've downloaded them, the ISOs for these
options don't exist. Since we've already added the ESX 3.5 ISO you'll
need add the following section to the end of then menu.lst file (adjust as needed for your version of ESX)
title ESX 3.5 Update 5 CDROM
find --set-root /esx-3.5.0_Update05-207095.iso
map /esx-3.5.0_Update05-207095.iso (hd32)
5. Remember to set your server to boot from USB drive and that should be it!~
When installing ESX from USB drive you will be prompted for the Source for ESX packages. Choose Hard Disk instead of CDROM and then in my case I selected /dev/sdb1.
Everything works great, with exception of the Anaconda Partition issue seen here on the previous threads. I'll update this post once I figure out a way to fix that issue.
I'm having the same issue others are having trying to download the hdstg2.img patch you so kindly posted. Broken link. I was wondering if you could send me copy and I'll be happy to post it on my website for others to access? Since it's 10mb you can send it to me through my gmail account firstname.lastname@example.org (they accept upto 25mb)
Since my HP server as only CD-ROM and not DVD, and the new VMware version is bigger(about 900Mb), I have try to install the VMware ESX 4.0 with the hmjones8 solution, all went well until the partition Options, then i get:
CD-ROM Missing: Insert the ESX Installation Media.
Any one have encounter this problem? How bypass this?
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I ran into the same problem today, I want the option to use one thumb drive and install either ESX or ESXi, which would be great. I have used unetbootin to do just ESXi, and MultiBootISOs for both, but got that same error when trying to install ESX. Any thoughts? Maybe something missing in the config?