When booting the VM, press F2 at the VMware BIOS POST screen. From here, you can go in and configure your boot device order.
This gets saved in an NVRAM file, which you can copy to your other VM directories.
good tip, this will also be usefull for Altris houses.
On the last two installs ive done the customers had RIS servers and every guest booted straight to a RIS Install..
What this actually did though was change the default Boot of the VM to Remote Boot..??
So when we powered off the VM and put the CD's either in our Workstations or the ESX Server the VM wouldn't boot to the CD.
Using F2 we were able to set to which ever boot we need, although the timing of pressing F2 can be a bit tricky..??
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F2 will enter bios setup or ESC will pick up the boot device selection. However, sometimes both are hard to hit on a busy VC client. I've seen connecting to the ESX host directly with the client make it easier to hit the buttons. However, the act of starting the VM on a moderate DRS will cause it to move out from under you and then you have to track it down.
I knew about the F2 option, but the copying of the NVRAM file is a good tip. It's certainly something that will be easy to do as part of the scripted install.
I will try this next week when I get back in the office and let you know how it goes.
Thanks Paul. Copying the NVRAM file did the trick.