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How to use the ESX USB key from IBM

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Hi all,

Sorry about the stupidity of this question. The boss has order 4 new ibm 3650 m3 to run our new esx cluster. As a part of the order he got the IBM USB for Esxi 4.1 I've been told to setup esx 4.1 from the usb stick and use the two local drives as cache.

I went looking for instructions on where to stick the stick, thinking the external ports are prone to people pulling out the stick inadvertently. I could not find any internal ports or IBM documentation on where to install it. This leads me to believe that I'm expected to install the sticks in the back ports and hope no one pulls them out. Is this true..or have i missed the obvious


Cheers
JL
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There are internal USB ports on the IBM servers for this.
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Do you need the usb key in all the time or just once?

if so, you can re-wire one of the external ports to be internal, not perfect but can be done...
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See diagram below - slot for embedded hypervisor
 Hypervisor slot
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If they were ordered with the server they should already be installled.
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these servers can be sensitive with the USB flash drives, used, some flash drive we've not been able to boot the server with an IBM do recommend you purchase the USB flash drives from them.

http://www-03.ibm.com/systems/info/x86servers/serverproven/compat/us/xseries/7945/ibm_41Y8287.html
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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The USB flash drive needs to be in all the time, however, once the system is booted, it doesn't often read it, as it caches and reads into memory. If you install VMware Tools it reads he *.isos from USB flash drive.
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@bgoering: that's assuming they are not on back order, we've had 10 week delays on these arriving! (after servers have been deployed!).
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by:jaLouden
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Hi All,

The servers came will all of the parts installed. included the sas controller. I didn't find it as I was looking straight down, once I looked at an anlge pop there is was. Cheers for all of the prompt replies.

Cheers
JL
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Good Luck with it all...the VMware Experts are here waiting for your next question.

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