I have licensed my x3400 server with vSphere 4.1 essent. plus license and got the the hypevisor with an usb memory key.
My question is , do I need to boot with the ESXi 4.1 cd and install ESXi on the usb stick first and then boot with it, or it is preinstalled alredy,
because when I plug the stick in the server and set the boot options in the bios to usb storage or embedded hypervisor it won't boot from it.
Am I doing something wrong , thanks in advance.
Welcome to the VMware Communities forums. You should be able to boot from the USB key and be ready to configure ESXi. If you plug the key into another machine you should see a partition layout similar to this. If you don't then perhaps there is an issue with the key.
I have pluged it in inside the server on the motherborad usb key slot, and selected the embededd hypervisor boot and usb storage but no luck.
Will try to replace it. Has it happened to someone before?
I've called the local IBM support team, they will contact me in 24hr and then I'll see if it is defective. If my W7 recognized it as RAW empty partition I think it didn't process the image in factory, don't believe that they would sell me the product and after that I have to install ESXi myself, other way I could buy and empty stick and do it myself.
Juste to make you feel less alone, I have a "similar" problem...
Server IBM x3550 M3 and USB key hypervisor.
When I try to boot on the key it says "disk error"
And when I try to read the key in Windows7, it's empty ! :smileylaugh:
I'll use the CD...
Good luck !
Same problem here.
The setup is IBM x3650 M3. It comes with an optional "IBM USB MemKey" PN: 41Y8287.
I Boot with VMware CD to install on the Memkey, no problem, i can see it and install ESXi.
But server don't boot on it, even if i add in the boot manager the "USB Storage"
Anyone have a solution ???
Any help appreciated.
Double check your BIOS boot settings.
If you have a startup option to bring up a boot menu to select a temporary boot device try selecting the USB device.
Call IBM support.
I am configuring an IBM HS23 with an usb key I installed the latest ESXi version. I had to select Embbeded Hypervisor option in boot to get it up and running since the USB Storage option was not working