Note: this is the old home page for ESXi 3.5. For ESXi 4.0 content go to this page.
Welcome to vm-help.com - home of the Unofficial VMware ESX Server 3.5 Whitebox HCL. If you have any questions or comments, you can contact me on the VMware Technology Network community: VMTN Profile or post a comment in the forum.
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The Whitebox HCL is a list of servers, PCs, motherboards and storage controllers that are not officially supported for use with VMware ESX and ESXi, but have been found to function properly. If you have a system that you'd like to try that isn't on VMware HCL or the Whitebox HCL, you can check here to see if ESXi 3.5 will recognize your storage and network controller.
Getting started with ESXi 3.5 Installable
How do I know if ESXi will run on my hardware?
Install ESX on your host - watch an install Video
Change your host's network name and SSL certificate
Manage your ESXi host with RCLI commands
Create roles and assign permissions with a standalone host
ESXi Install Options
Install ESXi 3.5 to an IDE drive
Extract and run the ESXi 3.5 install image to a USB flash drive
Install ESXi 3.5 from a PXE server
Install ESXi 3.5 from a USB flash drive
Watch an install video for ESXi
ESXi Tips and Tricks
Add a boot delay to ESXi
Modify oem.tgz to add custom install files and hardware support
Reset the root password
Enable SSH Access to ESXi
Install ESXi 3.5 patches without VirtualCenter
Import the RCLI virtual appliance and then give the RCLI appliance a static IP address
Enable SSH access for the root login to the RCLI
Troubleshooting common issues
Run a file system check on the ESXi system partitions.
Disable CIM and / or OEM CIM providers right after an ESXi install and prior to the initial boot
Restart the ESXi management agents from the console or SSH
Fix the error 'The VMware ESX Server does not have persistent storage' after an upgrade
Extend performance data to 36 hours with a stand alone host
Transfer files to and from ESXi with FTP (and enable enhanced wget and use rsync)
Increasing datastore file transfer speeds with http transfers
Fixing the error "mounting root failed" when installing ESX 3.5 on a system with an unsupported SATA controller
Adding sysprep files to VirtualCenter