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 esxi 4.1 installation on top of running linux 
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Post esxi 4.1 installation on top of running linux
Hi.
I have remote server with installed debian,
i would like to install esxi 4.1, but there is no way to boot cd/dvd.
it's possible somehow install esxi 4.1 from running linux?
thanks


Wed Dec 01, 2010 3:33 pm
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I managed to complete described installation on top of running debian 5.
If someone interested i can post step-by-step guide.


Wed Dec 01, 2010 11:37 pm
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shoot :) go for it

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Thu Dec 02, 2010 1:01 am
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Sorry for delay.
so i have physical machine which is fully compatible with esxi4, with installed debian 5, what i need, is to install esxi 4.1 without kvm or any other remote managment stuff.

Thanks to Varazir's briliant script, i prepared customized iso image
my ks.cfg
Code:
vmaccepteula
rootpw mysupersecretpass
autopart --firstdisk --overwritevmfs
install url example.com/vm
network --bootproto=static --ip=192.0.2.4 --gateway=192.0.2.1 --hostname=esxi.example.com --device=vmnic0 --nameserver=192.0.2.98 --netmask=255.255.255.0
reboot


on http://example.com/vm i placed unpacked content of prepared iso
also i copied iso image to /boot/esxi.iso
on debian i installed http://syslinux.zytor.com/wiki/index.php/MEMDISK
into /boot/memdisk
and created entry in /boot/grub/menu.lst

Code:
title ESXi Installation from ISO
root (hd0,0)
kernel /boot/memdisk iso raw
initrd /boot/esxi.so


and specified this entry as default.

reboot debian server and after 15-20 i got working ESXi
Thanks Varazir for your excellent script!


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Thanks :)


Moved the post as it's more of a Tips now :D

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