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IBM Blades booting issues

Posted on 2010-09-16
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Greetings All!

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?

Thanks All!
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I know this sounds obvious, but have you changed the boot order in the BIOS to reflect booting off CD?

Just a thought, probably a crap one.
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Yes, I made sure boot order was CD-Rom, USB, hard drive.  Thanks for suggesting though.  Never a cparry suggesting when reaching out for help :-)
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Do they boot off the USB stick that's in the currently working blade?
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I believe a guy that works with me solved this issue.  He booted inot blade chassis BIOS, and noticed an option for USB.  The part at boot that kept hangin was "USB Legacy Devices."  Value set her was 2.0.  When we switched it to 1.1 it worked.

Thanks toy all for helping.
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by:pgetchell
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not exactly the same task, but the spirit of the answer was right on.  we had to change some bios settings.  

thanks!
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