Just upgraded some of my Lab hardware, now to install 6.7 on a newer Dell R630 without a CDROM we need to copy the installer to USB stick. I prefer using Linux, and the default instructions at VMware fail to work on Ubuntu 18.04, so here is the solution I found for Ubuntu 18.04
- Install Syslinux 3.86 on your Ubuntu ( latest version of Syslinux in Ubuntu repos doesn’t work with ESX )
- Then continue with VMware instructions to put syslinux on USB, copy MBR, and then copy the VMware files from the ISO on the USB ( but skip the edit step on syslinux.cfg See:
If your comfortable with Linux , here is a summary of the steps above.
- Unzip SysLinux into a directory from here.
- Use Fdisk to prepare USB drive
- Remove all partitions
- Create new partition #1, type ‘c’ (FAT 32), activate partition, write.
- Install from Syslinux3.86 download directory.
cd ~/Downloads/syslinux-3.86 mtools/syslinux /dev/sdb1 cat mbr/mbr.bin > /dev/sdb
- Create FS on USB
/sbin/mkfs.vfat -F 32 -n USB /dev/sdb1
- Copy VMware ISO contents to USB ( if usb is on sdb1 ) and rename isolinux.cfg
mkdir /usbdisk mount /dev/sdb1 /usbdisk mkdir /esxi_cdrom mount -o loop VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.x.x-XXXXXX.x86_64.iso /esxi_cdrom cp -r /esxi_cdrom/* /usbdisk mv /usbdisk/isolinux.cfg /usbdisk/syslinux.cfg
- Note skip the VMware step of editing syslinux.cfg file contents
umount /usbdisk umount /esxi_cdrom
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