esx 4.1 mass installation

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Hi All,

I need to install esx 4.1 on 32 blades, is there a way to do a mass installation instead of install it one by one?

Please advise. Thanks

-Jia
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Scripted installation via PXE and Network or embedded installation on ESXi flash drives.
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Is this ESX (rather than ESXi)?

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esx not esxi thanks
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Okay, depends on how fast you want to go, you can create a USB flash drive to install ESX 4.1 scripted, but by the time you've developed the scripting process, you could have competed thje installs from a standard USB ESX 4.1 install without scripting.

It depends on how mich time you want to spend "in development" versus actually doing the job, and whether the cost of develeopment is going to pay back next time, when you do the next 32!

If this is just a one time, create a USB flash drive using ESX 4.1 install on USB.
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oh, but make sure that's USB 2.0, otherwise cdrom or network install is much faster.

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so could you point me to the install esx 4.1 from USB document?

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this is the article using unetbootin, it allows you to "convert" mosts isos to USB.

http://jthomasser.wordpress.com/2009/08/10/install-esx-4-from-usb-using-unetbootin/

Make sure you use fast USB 2.0 devices, flash drives, and your servers have USB2, otherwise consider a PXE network install.
the fastest way would be through PXE network installation. you can configure the kickstart server and a dhcp to assign the ipaddress and start the installation by doing a ipaddress to mac address mapping.

If you create a install script then you will be able to complete the installation without touching any blade server. you would only need to power it on.

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