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Has anybody successfully isntall esxi 4.1 or 5,0 on an ssd drive. We need to test and are looking at this configuration. I have a 256G SSD drive that I am looking into.
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Yes, no issues, you can use them for a datastore or as a Host Cache Configuration in ESXi 5.0.

We've tested OCZ, Corsair consumer models, and Professional and Enterprise Fusion-IO and OCZ Revo models.

BUT, I would not waste my money on actually installing ESXi on the SSD, It would only be used a ESXi BOOT-UP.

Install on a USB or SD card instead, and use the SSD as a datastore or host cache.

I would install ESXi onto a USB flash drive or SD card.

Here is the VMware KB on installing 4.1 on USB/SD:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1020655

Here is the VMware KB on installing 5.0 on USB/SD:
http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2004784

Host Cache Configuration in ESXi 5.0, if you get issues with SSD detection use these articles

http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2011/07/how-to-trick-esxi-5-in-seeing-ssd.html

http://www.yellow-bricks.com/2011/08/18/swap-to-host-cache-aka-swap-to-ssd/
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