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VMWare fails to boot after update

Hi,
 
 I have a VMWare host that won't boot from USB flash drive.
 I don't have backup USB flash drive.
 The computer itself & HDs in RAID are OK because it goes thru post-boot process if I keep the USB flash drive out of the server. But when I boot the host with USB flash drive plugged in, I can see the light blinking in the USB flash drive constantly blinking, but does load ESXi.
 Assuming all the virtual machines are good in RAID, what options do I have?

Thanks.
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John Tsioumpris

8/22/2022 - Mon
John Tsioumpris

Assuming that your VMs are fine in the RAID you could create a new USB Esxi ...boot it and "import" your VMs...take a look at the detailed instructions on this blog post
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

What did you update....
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Rollback

Shift R at ESXi bootto roll back.
sglee

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@John,
  Thanks for the link. I will try that if I can't get this USB to boot.
@Andrew
  I can't access this host via vCenter or vSphere Client. Do you want me to press,<Shift>-<R> on the host machine? if that is the case, exactly when do I press <Shift>-<R> during boot process?
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@John,
 
 The link that you provided explains how to create ESXi on USB flash drive, but I did not see where it explains about import process once I re-create ESXi on the new USB flash drive.
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@John,
Adding to Inventory steps below:
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Click the Configuration tab.
Click Storage.
Right-click on the appropriate datastore and click Browse Datastore.
Navigate to the folder named after the virtual machine, and locate the virtual machine.vmx file.
Right-click the .vmx file and click Add to inventory. The Add to Inventory wizard opens.
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I think I have done this before and it was a very simple process. With that I have a question.
If I use another USB flash drive (while keeping the original USB intact) to create ESXi V6 on it, am able to boot ESXi OS and from the vCenter, I can add each .vmx file (to add to Inventory), would this process somehow prevent me from using original USB on the same host in the future?
John Tsioumpris

Sorry i am a bit confused...the problem was getting back your Vms...is this resolved ?
Can you define "prevent" ....do you mean something like making your VMs only work under one particular installation of ESXI ?
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WarningSorry about the confusion.  Let's forget about it as I am going to focus on creating a new USB Esxi for now.
I inserted ESXi v6.01 DVD into DVD-ROM and new USB flash drive. It asked me where I wanted to create ESXi (Volume on RAID controller or 16GB USB flash drive) and I highlighted 16GB USB drive. Then after scanning the system, it gave me this warning message.
Should I ignore it?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert PRO / EE Fellow/British Beekeeper)

Check WHY this is unsupported?

Is this host on the HCL?

This is not the reason for update failure...

If usb is not booting you don't have a Shift R option!
John Tsioumpris

What is your server..maybe you need a specialized ISO from the manufacturer....like the ones provided by Dell /Hp...
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Server is 2011 made INTEL BXSTS100A   2U box with INTEL XEON E5620 2.40GHZ on INTEL S5500BCR motherboard and LSI Megaraid SAS9260-8I HD controller.
If this is a simple warning, I may have seen this in 2011 when I tried to setup ESXi first time, I like to proceed as long as the VMs in my RAID HDs are safe.
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"maybe you need a specialized ISO from the manufacturer." ---> I don't recall using any specialized ISO for this server in 2011.
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In 2011 when I set up ESXi on this server, I may have installed ESXi V5 originally. Then upgraded to V5.5 and then to V6.0.
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I looked up the error code and it was about NIC.
I proceeded with the installation and was able to add each VM to inventory.
Thank you for your help.
John Tsioumpris

Glad it worked out...