14 Replies Latest reply on Apr 19, 2014 6:29 PM by asiachang

    ESXi 5.x install on Dell C1100

    asiachang Novice

      Hi all,


      Like many others, I purchased a few Dell C1100 servers off eBay for a home VMware lab.  I am having the most difficult and frustrating time trying to get ESXi installed on them. 


      I have two different USB keys and have tried both ESXi 5.1 update 1 and ESXi 5.5.  All the servers recognize the USB keys as two different mass storage devices.  I have set the boot order properly in the BIOS but it never loads the installer.   I get a "Missing Operating System" message before it tries to PXE boot and gets stuck in a loop.  


      Specs are dual 2.26 GHz Xeon, 72 GB RAM, 4x 250 GB hard drives. 

      Yes I realize 5.5 is not on the HCL which is why I tried 5.1 as well.


      Any suggestions?   Thank you.