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How do i set the block size in ESXi?

I am installing VMware ESXi 4.1 to as a clean install so reformatting is not an issue.  I have read a few articles such as http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_26524815.html and I understand what I have to do.

However, I am using ISO image customized for DELL machines (downloaded directly from either DELL or VMware) and I don't see the option to start the installer in graphical phone and pressing ALT+CTRL+F2 has no effect.

So I am confused on how to get into the shell prompt.  Any advice?

Thanks,

Wayne
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coolsport00Commented:
Block size is set when AFTER you install ESXi. Assuming you're installing on the same local disk, there is no way to set the appropriate block size. If you have a disk less than 256GB you're installing ESXi on, it doesn't matter (Block size is defaulted to 1MB). I recommend installing ESXi on a USB Stick so you can segregate the hypervisor install from datastore storage. Also, why not install ESXi 5? Does your host not support it?

Regards.
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Wayne88Author Commented:
Hi coolsport00, I did try 5.1 as well but default is still 1MB.  I prefer to have the ESXi installed on the drive because it is a RAID drive.  Also, according to the KB I should be able to set the block size on the fly during the installation.  Any ideas?

Thanks,

Wayne
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
there is no requirement to set block size on ESXi 5.x

VMFS-5 supports 2TB virtual disks with a 1MB block size

see also here for confirmation

http://blogs.vmware.com/vsphere/2011/07/new-vsphere-50-storage-features-part-1-vmfs-5.html
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Wayne88Author Commented:
Thanks guys, I will install ESXi 5.1.  I installed it before and was trying to go into the shell without success not realizing 5.1 is capable of supporting up to 2TB virtual disk.
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coolsport00Commented:
As @hanccocka mentions...ESXi5 is 1MB block regardless; you have storage enhancements using ESXi5 as well

Having the hypervisor installed on a RAID has no performance benefit. The benefit it does have is redundancy, but if you install on a USB stick then create a 2nd for redundancy, you'd be ok, except if for whatever reason the hypervisor did crash, you'd have to manually take the orig USB out & place in the 2nd. In 5yrs I've used ESX/ESXi, I have yet to see or experience a hypervisor 'crash'...

Regards.
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Wayne88Author Commented:
Thanks for information Coolsport00.  Sorry, I meant to reply to reply to a different post and somehow got mixed up.
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