I downloaded a copy of ESXi ISO image and burned it to a CD ROM. I wanted to install it into a new server with no OS. I thought that the ISO image would be detected automatically by the server as it's booting up. Can someone help with this if I'm missing any step in installing the ESXi on the server. In reading the ESXi document, it appears that it can be installed on the hardware prior to OS installation. Any help you can provide would be appreciated.
To be exact, you install ESXi not prior OS installation, you install it instead OS.
As Edward said, check boot order and make sure CD is first.
VMware vExpert '2009
The boot order shows floopy, CD Rom and then hard disk. When I mount OS CD rom it immediately detects it. So I know boot order is fine.
My server is DELL PowerEdge 2650. Does ESXi not supported on older servers?
CD is first; I checked HCL and found out that DELL PowerEdge 2650 is not on the list of supported hardware. I'm wondering if this is the reason why it is not able to detect the ISO on CD.
welcome to the forums,
If you look at the compatibility guide search [here|http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?action=search&deviceCategory=server&productId=1&advancedORbasic=advanced&maxDisplayRows=50&key=2650&release, you will notice that esx35i isn't officially supported on the Dell 2650. The poster on this thread indicated that one of his 2650s ran just fine and the other was having issues booting off the cdrom.Could you try this with the usb way instead?
And as others have mentioned, ESX is a hypervisor, which means it is the OS. (Not to be confused with guest OS which are the virtual machine OSes that run on the hypervisor).
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PXE is not used.
I built 2 ESXi hosts using the same CD created from the ISO image. I remember how easy it was (took about 5 mins per server) to install. This is the iso I used:
Like I said they both need to be updated.