ESXi 4 on a bootable USB key

  1. Download ESXi 4.o VMware-VMvisor-Installer-4.0.0-164009.x86_64.iso
  2. Open image.tgz
  3. Open image.tgz\usr\lib\vmware\installer\VMware-VMvisor-big-164009-x86_64.dd.bz2
  4. Extract VMware-VMvisor-big-164009-x86_64.dd to your local hardrive
  5. Attach the USB flash drive and make sure you no longer need the data on it
  6. Use WinImage to transfer VMware-VMvisor-big-164009-x86_64.dd to the USB flash drive
    1. Disk->Restore Virtual Hard Disk image on physical drive…
    2. Select the USB flash drive (Warning: If you select the wrong disk you will lose data!)
    3. Select the image file VMware-VMvisor-big-164009-x86_64.dd
    4. Confirm the warning message
    5. Wait for the transfer to complete
  7. Unplug the USB flash drive (Warning: If you forget to unplug the flash drive from the PC you might lose the data on your hard drives the next time you boot!)
  8. Attach the USB flash drive to the machine you want to boot (Warning: If ESX Server 4i recognizes local drives, you might lose the data on it, so make sure you don´t need it anymore or unplug all hard drives!)
  9. Turn the machine on and make sure the USB flash drive is selected as boot device
  10. Watch ESX Server 4i boot
  11. Configure
  12. Enjoy!

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