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ESXi installation on Dell M1000e blade servers

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Dear experts,

do you know if it's possible to install ESXi on blade servers in a M1000e chassis from a flash drive using the one of the two USB ports available on the front of the enclosure?

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kiilaa
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I guess it's more to do with features of M1000e chassis and/or iDRAC. I think the way I phrased the question might be a bit misleading.
What I'd like to know is whether a Dell blade server's BIOS or its iDRAC is able to see a flash drive plugged in the chassis front USB port (and I don't mean the server's USB port).
I hope you know what I mean.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 300 total points
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It's recommended to install from the CDROM Interactive installer.

I would mount the ISO from iDRAC.
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by:kiilaa
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I use iDRAC for installations from ISO on my workstation but was wondering if the iDRAC would mount the chassis' USB slot.
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