Create a Bootable VMware ESXi USB Flash Drive Installer
Today we are going to show you how to creaste a bootable VMware ESXi USB flash drive that can be used to install a new system.
WARNING - Make sure you specify the correct disk/device name. This may or may not be different on your system. There is a good chance it will be different from what you wee in the examples here so don’t just blindly copy what you see here. If you aren’t careful you may loose data.
Become root. This is optional, you could just as well prefix most commands with sudo.
sudo su -
List your available disks using fdisk.
Use fdisk to repartition your USB disk:
You will essentially need these fdisk options, in this order.
d n p, 1, enter, enter t c a p w
Format the partition on your drive as FAT32.
mkfs.vfat -F 32 -n USB /dev/sdb1
Install syslinux on your partition.
Write the syslinux MBR image over your disk’s MBR.
cat /usr/lib/syslinux/mbr/mbr.bin > /dev/sdb
Create a directory over which you can mount your USB drive.
Actually mount the drive.
mount /dev/sdb1 /usbdisk
Create a directory to mount your CD ISO image. :
Mount the image. Make sure to use the actual path to your image.
mount -o loop /home/user1/Desktop/VMWARE/ESXi____VMware-VMvisor-Installer-7.0U2a-17867351.x86_64.iso /esxi_cdrom
Copy the contents of the ISO image to the USB disk.
cp -r /esxi_cdrom/* /usbdisk
Rename a config file:
mv /usbdisk/isolinux.cfg /usbdisk/syslinux.cfg
Edit that file:
Remove this line:
APPEND -c boot.cfg
And replace it with this:
APPEND -c boot.cfg -p 1
Unmount the ISO and the USB drive.
umount /usbdisk umount /esxi_cdrom
You should now be all set. You can remove the disk and use it to boot and install ESXi.
Here is my video showing how this can be done: