IBM Blades booting issues
Posted on 2010-09-16
We have 3 brand new HS22V blades running on an (older)IBM eSeries Blade chassis. We did not buy the solid state disks for the blades,as we opted to use thumb drives internally because we're looking to install ESX 4.1 on these blades and to run VMWare on top of them.
One of the 3 blades booted using a 4GB Transcend thumb drive, and subsequently we were able to install ESX 4.1 on that blade. The other 2 blades however are not booting off the ESX CD. In fact, they don't even boot to POST. If we remove the internal USB thumb drives, then they boot off of CD, but without USB key present, there is no location to write the ESX install to.
Has anyone out there run into this type of situation? IBM supported thumb keys with ESXi pre-installed on them are 5-10 day delivery time, and we need a solution ASAP. Any suggestions?