ESXi Kickstart and automated vCenter registration

I haven’t worked on VMware for a while but needed to work on a project to automatically install ESXi on a few servers.  I invented a tool called KUBAM that was originally for deploying Kubernetes on UCS Bare Metal (KUBAM) but have realized there are a lot of people that can benefit from the use […]

ESXi 4.1 command line awesomeness

I spend a lot of time on the command line of ESXi 4.1 due to my development duties at Sumavi.  There are quite a few things you can do on the command line that make it pretty cool to work with.  As such, in many instances I don’t install vSphere Server nor vSphere client.  I […]

VMware ESXi 4.1 install using Western Digital USB Hard Drive

After disabling all that ‘Smartware’ software as explained by on Western Digital’s website, I still had failures installing ESXi 4.1 when mcopy tries to grab the kickstart file. And after loading all you get to see is: [cc lang=”bash”] rescanning in 10 second(s), press to rescan immediately. [/cc] This happened with another drive I had […]

More notes on ESXi 4.1 Kickstart

ESXi 4.1 kickstart is adequate for most things but I still have several issues with it that I consider ‘bugs’: 1.  If you’re not connected to a network, it doesn’t work.  This is fine since most people will be on a network with VMware anyway right?  Fine, I’ll let this one slide.  But if you […]

Creating USB key to install VMware ESXi 4.1

Many servers don’t have DVD drives nor CD drives, so installing ESXi 4.1 with a CD is not optimal.  Sure you could always buy a USB DVD drive, but why not try to be cool and do it with a USB stick instead?  I’m actually a bigger fan of doing things through PXE.  Network installs […]

Kickstarting with Fiber Channel Drives

One of the issues I’ve run into many times is when you kickstart a storage node attached to fiber channel, then it will start installing /dev/sda1 on the disk LUN. I blew away a huge storage partition by doing this on accident. Yikes! When I took my RHCE class the instructor just looked bewildered and […]

xCAT and RHAS4 update 4

Recently I had to add support for xCAT to install Red Hat 4 update 4 for a project I was working on.  I’m using development versions of xCAT 2.3 before all the xnba stuff got put in, so its a real hodgepodge of code. Here is how I did it. 1.  copy the cds: