8 Replies Latest reply on Nov 28, 2019 12:52 AM by erikzulu

    esxi 6.7 doesnt install via usb flash drive

    slam007 Lurker

      Good day!

      I tried installed ESXI on server HP DL360 G7 with flash drive and process stoped on this step "reading /bnxtroce.v00"(look screen) 

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      when tried install via USB-DVD, ESXI installed without error. Why?

      I tested a flash drive, it worked on laptop and vmware.

        • 1. Re: esxi 6.7 doesnt install via usb flash drive
          jvalentine Novice
          vExpert

          Assuming that all the other variables were the same...

           

          I would assume either the fact that it was removable media or a bad sector on that USB device, or a bad image transfer would be the most likely cause.

           

          I could be issues with BIOS version , Firmware version on controllers, Drivers… etc... but I am less likely to go that far since you were able to load from DVD on the USB bus.. I would simply presume that it was the flash drive alone.

          • 2. Re: esxi 6.7 doesnt install via usb flash drive
            slam007 Lurker

            i tried two flash drivers, both worked on another PC.

            • 3. Re: esxi 6.7 doesnt install via usb flash drive
              Amin Masoudifard Expert

              Which App you used for making your bootable USB? Can you try to boot this bootable device on a test VM to check it boot successfully?

              I think it can be related to one of following settings on your host:

              1. BIOS settings about boot or legacy device / usb device

              2. BIOS firmware version (check it)

              3. Bad bootable device or wrong application for ESXi bootable drive generation

              Please mark my comment as the Correct Answer if this solution resolved your problem
              • 4. Re: esxi 6.7 doesnt install via usb flash drive
                slam007 Lurker

                I used UltraISO and Rufus.

                On virtual machine ESXi installed via both usb flash

                • 5. Re: esxi 6.7 doesnt install via usb flash drive
                  Amin Masoudifard Expert

                  I always use rufus and it works without any problem for ESXi installation media creation.

                  Then I think it's just related to your physical server (check titles that are mentioned by me on my last reply)

                  Anyway did you try to setup with an external CD-ROM?

                  Please mark my comment as the Correct Answer if this solution resolved your problem
                  • 6. Re: esxi 6.7 doesnt install via usb flash drive
                    rlund Hot Shot
                    vExpert

                    Has to be a bad flash drive. Just installed this method via lio to a usb flash drive to five of the exact same server.

                    • 7. Re: esxi 6.7 doesnt install via usb flash drive
                      erikzulu Lurker

                      Hello slam007,

                       

                      I have the same problem on a Dell R610.   The loader stops at bnxtroce.v00 (hoping that I would not need this 'driver' for this hardware).   I tried removing this item from the boot.cfg file(s).   This gets you much further, until it installs to disk, then it runs into a fatal error and forces restart of installer - infinite loop.  BTW, this happens under BIOS boot process  (can't get UEFI to see my USB drive)

                       

                      Will need to continue the search....:   Have you found a way around this yet?

                       

                       

                      erikzulu

                      • 8. Re: esxi 6.7 doesnt install via usb flash drive
                        erikzulu Lurker

                        hi

                         

                        .... hours later, here is what I have found with my Dell R610.

                         

                        - to fix this problem, you need to boot via UEFI ( only the back USB ports are apparently visible to UEFI )

                        - after restoring the boot.cfg for BIOS and EFI, I was able to install esxi 6.7 with the bnxtroce.v00 loaded without an issue.

                         

                        To clarify "found", was a lot of searching for the right things and finding helpful posts.

                        - someone else reported that VMW version worked for them under UEFI

                        - I proceeded to restore all the files I modified to see if I can bypass the errors somehow (wishful)

                        - I think this confirms that it is a BIOS incompatibility issue with older servers

                        - my R610 server issue, also frustrating, since I had esxi 6.5 installed on it before ===  just had to use the back-USB ports for UEFI to see the device

                        - creating a bootable USB for VMware esxi was also not fun.

                        - also found out that syslinux 6.x is not supported for esxi 6.7 ( I am running Linux Mint 19.2 ).   Have to download 3.86, "make installer" and then transfer that to USB.  This was for BIOS, which I ended up not needing in the end )

                         

                         

                        I am now installed and running!  ( took a few days, on/off research )

                         

                        good luck.