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Posted 12 September 2012 - 16:13

hi, basically i am trying to install the hp exsi vm on a HP server but I have no idea what im doing really... how do i install this? do i need an OS first or is this a framework after install that I add OS to after I thought it was the latter ... I "burnt" it to a usb drive and tried to boot from it but it seems to be failing


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Posted 12 September 2012 - 16:17

I love threads like this! So you have no idea about ESX but you need to install it. OK well be in for a bit of a shock. What are your skills with Servers/Networks like because its not an easy subject. You install ESX as your operating system then you need some kind of management server (Or client if you are just connecting one host). Give us more detail. What kind of enviroment are you going to be running this in?

Edit:Double post. How are you installing it? What error are you getting? Surely if you got to the installing stage you would know that ESX does not require an Operating system (Apart from the Virtual Machines you are going to be creating) Do you have any basic Linux skills? Did you see the list of pre reqs for the ESX courses ;-) Its not simple ...

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 16:22

I love threads like this! So you have no idea about ESX but you need to install it. OK well be in for a bit of a shock. What are your skills with Servers/Networks like because its not an easy subject. You install ESX as your operating system then you need some kind of management server (Or client if you are just connecting one host). Give us more detail. What kind of enviroment are you going to be running this in?

I love threads like this! So you have no idea about ESX but you need to install it. OK well be in for a bit of a shock. What are your skills with Servers/Networks like because its not an easy subject. You install ESX as your operating system then you need some kind of management server (Or client if you are just connecting one host). Give us more detail. What kind of enviroment are you going to be running this in?


I hav a CCNC (dont laugh :p ) and i own 3 servers and rent 2 I have run several web severs which I set up from scratch my self using linux....

I know my stuff just never used this server or esx before its a beast of a machine Im splitting it into 6 machines to use its potential.... for the momment its going to be a server behind a home setup untillI get it fully working then it will be moved to a business set up with 3 other physical machines it will be remote accessed before and after the move by ssh but will also have physical access until after the initial set up.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 16:39

basically what i am having trouble with is actual installation.... like I said burnt it to a usb drive ... cant seem to boot it from usb drive ... does not want to work ... I dont have an CDs/DVDs (didnt really plan that much ahead I thought to my self about an hour ago ... i have time now so il do some work)

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 16:47

Well VMWare do a great set of management tools so you hardly ever need to touch the command line but its nice to dabble. Anyway you install ESX as your base OS. Then use a workstation to connect to it (Management Interface IP) And provision your Storage/VM's from there. Download the vSphere client to your workstation.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 16:51

Well VMWare do a great set of management tools so you hardly ever need to touch the command line but its nice to dabble. Anyway you install ESX as your base OS. Then use a workstation to connect to it (Management Interface IP) And provision your Storage/VM's from there. Download the vSphere client to your workstation.


cool i shall :) any suggestions on the install said ESX? O.o I found one way but to do this way I need to find an old version of syslinux

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 16:54

What flavor of esxi? 4, 4.1, 5?

Where did you get the install for esxi - from HP or from vmware? Either or works, but if HP hardware I would prob go with the one from HP because it should have some of the extras about that their specific hardware are part of the install.

Install is pretty straight forward, follow the bouncing ball to be honest. If your not able to boot the usb you created. Either you created it wrong, or the machine is not setup to boot from usb?

Where did you get the install, and what instructions did you follow for creating the usb? I installed esxi 5 on my hp n40l from usb I created - and its pretty freaking straight forward so without some info hard to say where you issue is.

You don't NEED anything other then the install from either vmware or hp for esxi. Again where did you get the install file from, are you trying to convert a ISO to usb? Let me look up the instructions for usb install.

edit: Are you wanting to run esxi from the USB or just use it to install to the hard drive? Here are instructions for installing to usb from vmware
http://kb.vmware.com...ernalId=2004784

As to just creating a bootable usb with esxi install on it to install to your HDD on your box. I just used unetbootin to create it if I recall. Just point to your iso and then your usb and off you go.

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 17:27

What flavor of esxi? 4, 4.1, 5?

Where did you get the install for esxi - from HP or from vmware? Either or works, but if HP hardware I would prob go with the one from HP because it should have some of the extras about that their specific hardware are part of the install.

Install is pretty straight forward, follow the bouncing ball to be honest. If your not able to boot the usb you created. Either you created it wrong, or the machine is not setup to boot from usb?

Where did you get the install, and what instructions did you follow for creating the usb? I installed esxi 5 on my hp n40l from usb I created - and its pretty freaking straight forward so without some info hard to say where you issue is.

You don't NEED anything other then the install from either vmware or hp for esxi. Again where did you get the install file from, are you trying to convert a ISO to usb? Let me look up the instructions for usb install.

edit: Are you wanting to run esxi from the USB or just use it to install to the hard drive? Here are instructions for installing to usb from vmware
http://kb.vmware.com...ernalId=2004784

As to just creating a bootable usb with esxi install on it to install to your HDD on your box. I just used unetbootin to create it if I recall. Just point to your iso and then your usb and off you go.


I went through the hp site which kept sticking me on the vmware site so i Just want from there I can add stuff later if needed i guess...

I used http://www.isotousb.com/ ... its really confusing I put the usb stick in and then it tried to boot from usb drive c: (I did not set it as C:) then it told me to remove drives and press any key ... I pressed the any key (ah simpsons you make me laugh) and it kept saying the same thing I then removed the usb and pressed a key and it booted up windows server 2003 (it took a mission to get that to boot I thought it was blank lol but its not accesible by me they donated HDD)

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 17:33

Try unetbootin http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ vs whatever that thing you used was - it says right on the site it only supports booting usb with windows. That is not going to work with esxi

"This software currently only support Windows bootable disk, can work with both BOOTMGR and NTLDR boot mode"

Here is customized HP iso
https://my.vmware.co...2&productId=229

I believe they have a 5.1 out too - let me look

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 17:58

Theres a 5.1 Update? That must be VERY recent. I only checked for updates this afternoon....*goes to check again* ...

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 17:59

Try unetbootin http://unetbootin.sourceforge.net/ vs whatever that thing you used was - it says right on the site it only supports booting usb with windows. That is not going to work with esxi

"This software currently only support Windows bootable disk, can work with both BOOTMGR and NTLDR boot mode"

Here is customized HP iso
https://my.vmware.co...2&productId=229

I believe they have a 5.1 out too - let me look


ahh i guess you should always read the fine print hey :p I was rushing :p I did a derp ... ok I shall try your suggestion

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 18:46

Theres a 5.1 Update? That must be VERY recent. I only checked for updates this afternoon....*goes to check again* ...

Yeah looks to have come out on the 10th of this month - couple of days ago

https://my.vmware.co...are_vsphere/5_1

I know what I am doing tonight prob, so going to put this on usb to upgrade my current 5.0u1 install so if I run into any issues with creating the usb will let you know.. but should be click click with unetbootin

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 19:34

cool cheers got it going now I guess it was just me being stupid and not reading the fine print on that usb crap thanks for the netbootin suggestion should of really remember that from all the linux installations last year xD cheers dudes now here is a question for you.... what should I go with server wise... im obviously going for a linux but what one O.o I was thinking ubuntu or centOS

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 19:39

cool cheers got it going now I guess it was just me being stupid and not reading the fine print on that usb crap thanks for the netbootin suggestion should of really remember that from all the linux installations last year xD cheers dudes now here is a question for you.... what should I go with server wise... im obviously going for a linux but what one O.o I was thinking ubuntu or centOS


Management Server?? I have only ever used Windows. There is a free one that I used on a course but I can as hell find it. It was quite good, A deployable appliance. That was based on Linux.

Yeah looks to have come out on the 10th of this month - couple of days ago

https://my.vmware.co...are_vsphere/5_1

I know what I am doing tonight prob, so going to put this on usb to upgrade my current 5.0u1 install so if I run into any issues with creating the usb will let you know.. but should be click click with unetbootin


Ditto :-D

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Posted 12 September 2012 - 19:45

Management Server?? I have only ever used Windows. There is a free one that I used on a course but I can as hell find it. It was quite good, A deployable appliance. That was based on Linux.


ok PLEASE dont face palm ... but when you say management server you mean a server in which I manage all the other VMs from right ?? and also im cheap... I assumed this vm thing was free ... but it said a 60 day trail ? wtf i saw no means of paying >_>