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: