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 […]

VMware Fusion on OS X disabling DHCP

I do a lot of provisioning on my vmware machines to test features of xCAT.  VMware’s built in DHCP server conflicts with my own.  I turn it off by issuing: sudo kill -15 sudo cat /var/run/vmnet-dhcpd-vmnet1.pid Then I take DHCP into my own hands.