TomHowarth
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VI3 install ISO

Hello all,

Just downloaded the VI3 install iso and burned it to a CD,

Now is it me or is this not bootable?

I have a brand new DL360G4p and the CD will not boot, it is not the hardware as the device will boot the 2.5.3 ISO burned to a CD

Tom Howarth VCP / VCAP / vExpert
VMware Communities User Moderator
Blog: http://www.planetvm.net
Contributing author on VMware vSphere and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX and the Virtual Environment
Contributing author on VCP VMware Certified Professional on VSphere 4 Study Guide: Exam VCP-410
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MR-T
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It certainly is bootable.

You should either check the ISO you've downloaded or check the CD you burnt.

Use the MD5 checksum utility http://www.fourmilab.ch/md5/

mturnbri
Contributor
Contributor

Have you checked that you can see the install files on the actual CD on another machine?

I know it sounds a really basic check but I have known people that have burned the ISO to a CD rather than actually burning the content of the ISO to the CD. A very easy mistake to make when you are in a rush to do things.

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TomHowarth
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Yes, I have checked that and I can see the files, it just doesnt wan't to boot Smiley Sad

Tom Howarth VCP / VCAP / vExpert
VMware Communities User Moderator
Blog: http://www.planetvm.net
Contributing author on VMware vSphere and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX and the Virtual Environment
Contributing author on VCP VMware Certified Professional on VSphere 4 Study Guide: Exam VCP-410
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kix1979
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What are you using to burn the ISO? The only issue I have ever had was when the MD5 checksum does not match. I generally use ultraISO or powertoys to burn my ISOs and it works well.

Thomas H. Bryant III
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ANSA
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I have seen this issue, also. What was done wrong is that they used a package that is able to open and view the ISO file structure, then copy these file to a folder and then burn these files to a CD. That DOES NOT work.

I am not suggesting that this is what is being done, however, if it is, then that's the problem.

kix1979 uses ultraISO - great product. I use NERO. Launch Nero Smart Start, open Nero burning ROM, click on Open, select the ISO file then click on Burn. The application does the rest. Works every time.

TomHowarth
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I'll have a looksee at those products, I tend to use WinISO to burn ISO's

Tom Howarth VCP / VCAP / vExpert
VMware Communities User Moderator
Blog: http://www.planetvm.net
Contributing author on VMware vSphere and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX and the Virtual Environment
Contributing author on VCP VMware Certified Professional on VSphere 4 Study Guide: Exam VCP-410
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smi_dai
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Try to use magiciso to burn iso image to cd or dvd. It works very well for me.

http://www.magiciso.com/

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macneej
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Enthusiast

Hi Tom,

Use isorecorder. It is free and works great. All you need is a Windows XP machine with SP2 on it. No other crap installed with it.

I think I downloaded it from http://isorecorder.alexfeinman.com/isorecorder.htm

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cartierhung
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you can also consider ImgBurn - work on XP, Vista...etc as well.

http://www.imgburn.com/index.php?act=download

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htoudiee
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Contributor

Same Exact problem here.

Anybody has the fix?

ISO burns fine, the CD contains all the files and yet, not bootable.

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rsanchez58
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Try this, once you downloaded the vmware application to you local drive or any other place, just double click the file and your burner software will pop up immediately, then put a blank recordable CD in your drive, click in "Burn" and the software will do the rest.

Good luck

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trriangle
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Hi,

You can also use ISO-burner free tool. It is a really great soft to burn as it is extremely easy and and quick to use and never failed me. That should help

http://www.ntfs.com/iso-burning.htm

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TQU
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I had this exact symptom, burned the ISO with Nero. The burn appeared to go fine but the CD was not bootable. I could open the CD under windows and see the various files ok, though. The problem turned out to be a corrupt ISO file due to a bad download. MD5 would have caught it, but I didn't use it as I have never had a faulty download that didn't show some other symptoms. I repeated the download, got a better file and the problem disappeared.

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bmcrae
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Hello,

I am new to the vmware environment. I am getting a disk or iso error when installing vmware 3.01 esx server. After the boot process the os checks for errors on the CD or ISO file. Should I skip this check or do I need to download another iso file. Tried several CD burned with UltraISO and sonic.

thank you

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BTDT
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Same problem - CD burned from ISO would not boot. MD5 showed checksum value of ISO invalid. Downloading again now - hopefully will have better luck.

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BTDT
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Attempted 3 more downloads of esx-3.0.1-32039.iso. The MD5 generated by the download never matches the published one. Tried burning with MagicISO. Host is a Dell PE2600 which is on HCL. CD spins at startup, then fails to boot, displaying msg "No boot device available". CD looks good using Explorer.

I really would like to try this product out but this is getting very frustrating. Any suggestions???? Thanks.

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BTDT
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Update - CD boots fine on my laptop. Pulled out the CD/Floppy drive combo on PE 2600 and swapped with another drive combo. Booted fine. CD drive was the problem.

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