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I followed this and the custom ks works when i install to my USB but fails when installing to SD Card

installs as a plain vanilla install

http://www.virten.net/2015/10/pre-installed-esxi-6-0-on-sd-cards-or-flash-drives/
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Your SD card does not appear as a USB device.
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by:newbie2239
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So what you are stating is :

If I have a Dell Server with Dell™ Internal Dual SD Module  and I try to deploy an unattended ESXi install from a usb it will fail because the  boot.cfg shows it as kernelopt=ks=usb:/ks.cfg and the SD Module does not appear as a USB Device ( which is true).   So what are my options ?

*  Environment does not allow Kickstart , DHCP,  bootp, etc
* Don't want to boot from usb with blank install and  configure  server and leverage  host profiles  for the remaining systems
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put the SD card in a USB carrier, and then remove the SD card and insert into server.
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by:newbie2239
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:( ... 20 plus servers in a datacenter too much work ...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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clone out to SD cards.

I would use Auto-Deploy and Host Profiles, or PXE boots to install. The work you do now, will save time on the long term if you continue to deploy.
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by:newbie2239
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no pxe boot allowed in the environment ...  I still use the good old  EDA 1.05  appliance  in my own personal environment .... works with  6 U2

Since the  environment is another state with no onsite teams  and the SD cards are set in a  raid 1 configuration my best option is to use scripts after the base install and use the dreaded Hostprofiles and remember to uncheck some features.
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by:newbie2239
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Giving Andrew the points because although it was not the answer I was looking for ,  it made me think about my other options .
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