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geekinabox
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How tell ESXi Embedded vs Installable?

Probably a stupid question ... but new to ESXi and need a quick answer.

I'm in front of several ESXi 4.1u1 servers that were built by someone else and I need to verify which version they were installed with/from.

The image is installed to disk, not flash (FC boot-from-san).  I know this should imply 'installable' but I'm new enough to ESXi that I don't know if it is possible that they might've somehow leverage the embedded installer anyways.  (ie, if you used the embedded installer would it even allow you to install to disk?)

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There is no real difference in the two. Installable will create a 4GB scratch partition while embedded does not. If you examine the /bootbank partition you will see state.tgz in installable or local.tgz for embedded

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The installed destination determines whether ESXi is installable or embedded. There isn't a specific install disk for either one. If it is installed to disk it is installable. Installed to USB or SD it is embedded.

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