Archive for the ‘VMware vSphere/ESXi’ Category

Install and Run VMware ESXi 4.1 From USB Thumb/Flash Drive

Friday, November 19th, 2010

2010-12-22 Updated

2010-11-19 Initial Post

This was a cool feature that came out in 4.0. Basically you just plug a USB flash drive into the computer, boot with the ESXi install CD and select to install ESXi on the USB flash drive. Aftewards, you can run ESXi from the USB flash drive. This allows you to use all your internal hard drives for storing VMs. (more…)

Install VMware ESXi 4.1 (VMware vSphere Hypervisor) on Hyper-V VM (I Tried And Didn’t Get It To Work)

Tuesday, November 16th, 2010

2010-11-15 Initial Post

I tried to install VMware ESXi 4.1 (VMware vSphere Hypervisor) inside a VM on Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V and the install won't complete. I wasn't sure if it would work, but I thought I'd give it a shot. Why did I want to do this?

1.) I have a Dell desktop that ESXi will not install on directly. Apparently it has something to do with the SATA drives.
2.) I don't want to pay for VMWare Workstation, which is supposed to be able to host ESXi servers as guests.

The ESXi install gets stuck at this line: Booting: MBI=0x000100a8, entry=0x0040024a.

From what I've read, ESXi cannot install on IDE drives. Hyper-V does have SCSI virtual hard disk drives, but it doesn't allow a SCSI drive to be the boot/system drive. This is the notification in the Hyper-V Manager : Do not attach a system disk to a SCSI controller. A virtual hard disk that contains an operating system must be attached to an IDE controller.

Regardless of that message, I still tried to install ESXi on a SCSI VHD and it got stuck at the same line.