Installing VMWare to SD Card HP DL360 Gen9

Hi Guys

I’m having an issue installing VMWare to an internal SD. I’m trying to install VMWare via intelligent provisioning however each time I try to install the .iso, the installation always defaults to the hard drive array which I want to aviod. I have tried removing the hard drives and disabling USB3.0 in the bios as I read this was a potential workaround however the same issue occurs.

Any help is much appreciated

Daniel BertoloneAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
What is the format of the SD card?  It may be that the Virtual Machine file size is too big for it. Can you install a guest machine on a USB Hard Drive?
Zephyr ICTCloud ArchitectCommented:
Make sure the SD Card is supported to not run into problems when you require support from VMware. That being said, VMware has a how to for installing ESXi to SD/USB, this might be a handy reference.

Also make sure you're using the HP ISO to install ESXi and check your server for compatibility and/or known issues.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
In the old days you could install ESXi onto any USB flash drive or make/brand of SD card, but of late, HP have got wise, and you now need to use an HP SD card and Part Number to do this.

You need to ensure that you have purchased an SD card from HP for this purpose.

So is your SD card, a HP part number ?

See this Expert Exchange question :-

HP DL360 Gen 9 VMWare SD Card

MFG #726116-B21
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Daniel BertoloneAuthor Commented:
Thanks for the reply guys.

That was my original thread mentioned above, we are using the HP Enterprise SD 32 GB

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I had read that intelligent provisioning was not a supported method of installing VMware ESXi to USB or SD cards.

Have you tried the old fashioned method of burning the ISO to a CDROM/DVDROM, and booting from it.

Or Booting from USB to install the ISO or ILO Remote VirtualCDROM.

This VMware Community forum post, also removed the disks from the server...

You also do not state which version of ESXi you are trying to install.

Have you made sure that you have updated ALL the firmware on the Server, with the latest available, there was an issue with IP, with certain versions of ESXi.

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andyalderSaggar maker's framemakerCommented:
Why the heck can't you just plug the SD card into a PC or laptop to put the image onto it? All this carp about having to burn it on a ProLiant just because it's going to be run on a ProLiant in the end is contrary to the concept of using an SD card in the first place. And whatever happened to Hypervisor-on-ROM? We were promised that the hypervisor would be in the boot ROM but instead HP have filled that ROM space up with unintelligent provisioning.
Daniel BertoloneAuthor Commented:
Burning the ISO to CDROM resolved the issue, thanks again
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