creating bootable usb drives for ESXi and then testing them in Vmware Workstation (or Fusion)

creating bootable usb drives for ESXi and then testing them in Vmware Workstation (or Fusion)

I know there are loads of articles about this

Here is the method I used to create them.

Best article to create them I found is:

http://www.ivobeerens.nl/?p=699

I used it plenty of times and so far it works very well!

To create more detailed ks files you might want to use vKickStartomatic (from the guys that wrote VMware PowerCLI Reference). You can find it at:

http://powerclibook.com/Forum/viewtopic.php?f=5&t=150

This is a powercli script to run it ensure you have powercli installed and that it can run remote signed scripts.

From its gui you can set up host names, add storage, do more networking etc etc...

Finally to test them I used Vmware workstation, problem is it does not support booting from USB. So I used a the plop boot manager. It comes with a cd.iso which can then use the image in USB to boot and install.

you can get it from

http://www.plop.at/en/bootmanager.html#download

So long as you connect the usb image to the VM it will install from it.

I used this method to create me multiple usb drives to install ESXi 4.1 update 1 worked a treat.

Only thing I had to change on the usb drvies was the KS.cfg to ensure that it had the correct hostname and ip addresses...

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