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      • 60. Re: HOWTO:  Installing ESX Server from a USB flash drive
        canadait Expert

        Mike these are the exact same problems I am having. I was using your "ESX01" cfg file you previously posted.

         

        Do you have a working cfg file that I could use that has the %post stuff. I really want to make this work!

         

        Please post the working file or PM me.

         

        Thanks so much!!

        • 61. Re: HOWTO:  Installing ESX Server from a USB flash drive
          dominic7 Virtuoso

          So I've taken Pauls work and re-written it here:

          http://vmprofessional.com/material/usb_install.html

           

          Perhaps these instructions will help you Mike.

          • 62. Re: HOWTO:  Installing ESX Server from a USB flash drive
            Michelle Laverick Virtuoso

            Well, i tried those - and I still have the same problem...

             

            I think it must be the USB drive...

             

            Regards

            Mike

            • 63. Re: HOWTO:  Installing ESX Server from a USB flash drive
              skearney Hot Shot

              Mike,

               

              Have you tried a manual install with the ISO on your USB key?  If not, it might help with the debugging.  I had no issues using the modified hdstg2.img file supplied in this thread.

               

              Add 'askmethod' to your boot options (and remove KS stuff).

              • 64. Re: HOWTO:  Installing ESX Server from a USB flash drive
                Chris_S_UK Expert

                I tried this with a couple of keys, the first (a ByteStor device) gave a "Boot Error" but the second (a Samsung device) works ok.

                 

                Thanks

                Chris

                • 65. Re: HOWTO:  Installing ESX Server from a USB flash drive
                  mannyb Enthusiast

                  This has been a great post and I am still trying to tweak the USB boot process.  I have taken and also created various KS.cfg files.  However, during the install process I get the following error

                  "tmp/anaconda_build//usr/lib/anaconda/text.py, line 425 in run"

                   

                  I can boot off the USB drive and do an install, but I would also want to make KS. files loadable from the same USB drive.  This is a great idea thanks guys for posting it!!

                  • 66. Re: HOWTO:  Installing ESX Server from a USB flash drive
                    dconvery Virtuoso
                    vExpert

                    Guys -

                     

                    Any idea what I am doing wrong? I followed the instructions. with an older SanDisk 1GB cruzer micro. I am using Hp BL460c blade servers. I am also using iLo for console connection. The system will boot to the usb drive fine. I type in "esx text" or just hit  and vmlinuz loads, then initrd.img loads. Then it just stops. No error, no nuttin.

                     

                    Help :o(

                    • 67. Re: HOWTO:  Installing ESX Server from a USB flash drive
                      Schorschi Expert

                      I went around and around and around on this with VMware... Don't ask how I got VMware to look at the problem, but I did.  It all boils down to how the usb device is not recognized as a true read/write device and is remounted internally by anaconda, so that the USB boot device is seen as a fake CDROM device, again, anaconda is confused, so it then attempts to mount the USB device now read-only, as read-writeable, and thus partitions.py freaks out.  Thinking I could side step the issue, I got the USB device to be recognized as a Hard-Disk... well no, due to the device enumeration of type, I hit a break wall again.  Dang anaconda continues to see the USB device it booted from as a VALID disk it SHOULD mount as read-write.

                       

                      This is not technically a bug in partitions.py, but something that partitions.py coding is just not designed to do because it only supports 3 types, CDROM, HD (SCSI or otherwise), and Floppy device types.  To correct the issue per VMware, anaconda would have to be significantly changed in several places, starting with the actual code that does the initial device discovery at the hardware analysis level which core to ASM of anaconda, and teaching anaconda what it means to be a 21st centry 2007 tool.  This, per VMware, is just not worth the effort, or at least that was the comment at the time.

                      • 68. Re: HOWTO:  Installing ESX Server from a USB flash drive
                        dconvery Virtuoso
                        vExpert

                        I'm not even getting to anaconda. This is before the drivers even load. It just sticks at "Loading initrd.img ........."

                        • 69. Re: HOWTO:  Installing ESX Server from a USB flash drive
                          Michelle Laverick Virtuoso

                          I went around and around and around on this with

                          VMware... Don't ask how I got VMware to look at the

                          problem, but I did.  It all boils down to how the usb

                          device is not recognized as a true read/write device

                          and is remounted internally by anaconda, so that the

                          USB boot device is seen as a fake CDROM device,

                          again, anaconda is confused, so it then attempts to

                          mount the USB device now read-only, as

                          read-writeable, and thus partitions.py freaks out.

                          Thinking I could side step the issue, I got the USB

                          device to be recognized as a Hard-Disk... well no,

                          due to the device enumeration of type, I hit a break

                          wall again.  Dang anaconda continues to see the USB

                          device it booted from as a VALID disk it SHOULD

                          mount as read-write.

                           

                          This is not technically a bug in partitions.py, but

                          something that partitions.py coding is just not

                          designed to do because it only supports 3 types,

                          CDROM, HD (SCSI or otherwise), and Floppy device

                          types.  To correct the issue per VMware, anaconda

                          would have to be significantly changed in several

                          places, starting with the actual code that does the

                          initial device discovery at the hardware analysis

                          level which core to ASM of anaconda, and teaching

                          anaconda what it means to be a 21st centry 2007 tool.

                          This, per VMware, is just not worth the effort, or

                          at least that was the comment at the time.

                           

                          I think this post is very meaningful/useful... I decide a couple of months ago to give on this esx-on-a-stick approach. I just never got it working, and became more interested in a over-the-network PXE approach which became the UDA...

                           

                          Regards

                          Mike

                          • 70. Re: HOWTO:  Installing ESX Server from a USB flash drive
                            mikef123 Novice

                             

                            Hi Paul, I'm wondering if you have a patched version of the of the hdstg2.img file for 3.5

                             

                             

                             

                             

                             

                            Thanks

                             

                             

                            Mike

                             

                             

                            • 71. Re: HOWTO:  Installing ESX Server from a USB flash drive
                              stevi.velvet Novice

                               

                              Thanx to Mike & Paul (et al.) for all their hard work in posting their info., Just thought I'd share my onw expereinces whilst I'm at a dead end

                               

                               

                              I'm using a OEM Blade with a P35 (ICH9R) chipset & 2 500GB SATA  . It 's the only box avaibale in the firm that is spare & I can utilise for prep on my upcoming VCP Course, and the snads of time are running out quickly!!

                               

                               

                              - CD-ROM Installation hits a bring wall of 'Device not Fóund '

                               

                               

                              - I've been meticulous in the USB Postings, along with things such as recreating the ESX ISO with mkisofs via RHEL & not any Windows ISO Product (which leads to the same error above) & arrive at the stage where, whilst the SATA Disk & their partitons are seen, the installation complains of

                               

                               

                                           The ESX Tree does not match your media

                               

                               

                              It seems  that recerating the ISO with the patched hdstg2.img may have created that..I hope, Less I'll order on my own account a SCSI Controller & Card

                               

                               

                              BTW  I've tried ALT-F@ at anaconda ( to get to the shell & investigate if their any problems with how the USB Partitons are recognised )which seems to have been disabled ?

                               

                               

                               

                               

                               

                              • 72. Re: HOWTO:  Installing ESX Server from a USB flash drive
                                stevi.velvet Novice

                                 

                                Realised eslewhere that the hdstg2.img version does match the initrd.img

                                 

                                 

                                Hence joined the queue with Mike (see previous post)

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                 

                                 

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                                • 73. Re: HOWTO:  Installing ESX Server from a USB flash drive
                                  stevi.velvet Novice

                                  Proceeded further with a unmodified ESX 3.5 ISO on the USB, now awaiting a HCL-compatible NIC

                                  • 74. Re: HOWTO:  Installing ESX Server from a USB flash drive
                                    mikef123 Novice

                                     

                                    Using Pauls modified .img file is incompatiable with 3.5. I've been trying to insert Pauls modified partitions.pyc file into the hgstg2.img from 3.5. No luck. Paul, if you get a chance could you explain how you modified the .img file.

                                     

                                     

                                    Regards

                                     

                                     

                                    Mike F.

                                     

                                     

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