steps to install VMware on HP DL360 G8 no CD drive

Greetings,

I am having a hell of a time getting a brand new DL360 G8 to boot a VMware .iso from a USB stick. I do not have an external USB cd/dvd drive and I am not sure if that would work. I want to boot from it to then install on the internal SD card.

any help appreciated. very aggravating. Thanks
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king daddyAsked:
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Michael WorshamConnect With a Mentor Infrastructure / Solutions ArchitectCommented:
Extract your ISO to the USB using steps below. Then go into the BIOS and set USB as your first boot option, plug the USB stick in and reboot.

Install ESXi 5.1 using USB Flash Drive
http://www.vmwarearena.com/2013/06/install-esxi-51-using-usb-flash-drive.html


As for installing ESXi on the SD flash card, there are a bit more steps involved...

Installing ESXi 5.x on a supported USB flash drive or SD flash card (2004784)
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=2004784
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gheistCommented:
DL360 G8 must have ILO processor, which means that you can connect to system console and mount ISO or USB images from comfort of your workplace.
Take the cardboard label with password, press F4 when iLO asks for setup, enter good IP configuration (not IP intended for server) and connect to that using the browser.
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
thanks gheist. I had not set up iLO yet. I was just hoping to boot from the USB and install to the SD card. However, I just plugged iLO into the network and will try your suggestion as soon as I can.
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gheistConnect With a Mentor Commented:
And you hav e to use HP customized vmware image, as vmware originals will throw pink screen in a matter of hours to days.
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
thanks Michael W. Great link. I did set the boot option to USB first but it didn't boot to it. Likely because I messed up setting the USB to be bootable. Hopefully your link will take care of that.

gheist - I have a few hosts (G5 - G7) all with CD drives. I simply popped the 5.1 disk into them and installed to the SD card with no issues. Two of them have been running for years without issue. I never used the HP version. I did see a wizard for installing an OS, which I had not seen on older G models. I will check out getting the HP version. I am sure my license will work on it, correct?

thanks again guys
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Michael WorshamInfrastructure / Solutions ArchitectCommented:
The HP version of ESXi just gives added HP-oriented drivers. It's the same software base regardless, so licenses aren't an issue.
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
Thx for clarifying Michael W. I'm still on 5.1 so hopefully I can find that download.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Make sure you do use the OEM HP version! otherwise it's likely you will have issues with nic support!
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
Will do hanccocka. Thx
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RickEpnetCommented:
If you did not buy the Advance License (iLO) you can download a trial. You will need the Advance Lic to use the virtual media and the Remote Control.

In my mind this is the best and easiest way to install any OS that comes from an ISO. I regularly install OS on machine in New York and I am in California.

You will need Java on the system your desktop. On the remote control use the Java option not the integrated.
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
thanks RickEpnet. I will download the trial. I agree that it would be a good thing to have on the physical boxes since we are expanding.
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gheistCommented:
You can have 80x25 text console without that licence
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
Thx gheist. Gotta be horrible to work in that though. Ran into an issue with an HP SAN so I'll get to this later. May just do iLO as you had first suggested.
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gheistCommented:
You need to copy img image from hp site destroying USB content.
This one (From SUSE) does it right
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king daddyAuthor Commented:
thanks all. used rufus to make USB bootable. to note for anyone which comes upon this, rufus will tell you that the menu.c32 file is old and then ask if you would like to download a new version. I chose no thinking I didn't want to mess with it. It didn't boot up. I went back and replaced that file with the new one from rufus's website and then it booted and installed to a 16 GB internal SD card without issue. About to start configuring and testing.
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gheistCommented:
Actually you can use whichever image writer to record HP USB image directly to USB drive, no menus nothing, just ESXi installs...
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