[TUTORIAL] Boot ESX 3i from USB key
This one is getting filed under “Try it really soon!” However, randomly answering an email, I came across this document on http://www.vminfo.nl detailing the process for making a bootable USB key with ESX 3i installed.
Certainly, the document goes into a lot more detailed instructions, but here’s a bit of a summary:
- Using an archiving program eg. IZArc, extract the contents of the Vmware ESX 3i ISO image. Given it’s an ISO, you could also mount it using DaemonTools or it’s like.
- Once the files are extracted, find the INSTALL.TGZ file and open it.
- Navigate to the
- Open the
Vmware-VMvisor-big-3.5.0_Update_2-11072.i386.dd.bz2file. This may take a while, so patience, young padawan! Then extract the un-compressed .dd file
- Restore the boot image to the USB thumb drive. Effectively, you’re restoring a “virtual hard drive” (in this case the .dd file extracted above.
- Now that’s done, it’s time to test! Boot the sucker and play with ESX 3i!
The only real “gotcha” in this one is pretty obvious: make sure you have a motherboard that can boot from USB. Thankfully, these days most new motherboards have this ability. If in doubt check your motherboard manual or the manufacturer’s website.
Regrettably, I don’t have a font big enough OR bold enough to stress that this is UNSUPPORTED IN A PRODUCTION ENVIRONMENT!! Try it at your own risk!