HPE Server won't see external media to load VMWARE

I have an HP Proliant G8 server.  Dual 12 core AMD processors.  It has 94 GB of ram and 16TB of local storage.  I would like to  use this in our test lab.  I have attempted to install ESXi 6.5 update 2 (HPE build) to in installed internal thumb drive, using a external flash drive and a USB connected DVD drive.

I have rebuilt the flash drive twice, once using Yumi and once using Rufus pointing to the VMWare ISO file.
I have reburned the ISO image twice using ImaBurn.

In every case, the server boots without any errors, but indicates no bootable media available.

I have altered the boot device from internal to external USB and made sure it was enabled.

I have also altered the boot sequence to CDRom when trying it from the DVD player.

Never had this issue before.  Anyone have any idea.
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Kenza CohenIT Solutions ProviderCommented:
Is Secure Boot Enabled, Is UEFI boot enabled?

It may be worth trying to legacy boot VMWare from DVD :)
Mal OsborneAlpha GeekCommented:
Another option might be to use the iLO to mount an image of the VMWare install disk, and just install from that.

http://www.virtubytes.com/2018/05/08/install-upgrade-esxi-hpe-ilo/
nobusCommented:
what type of usb port do you use?  usb 2 or 3 ?  and is the usb stick usb 2 or 3?  that can be the cause
Pete LongTechnical ConsultantCommented:
If its a G8 use an SD card there should be an SD card on the board, it will perform much better (with a decent SD card in it).

Then simply put your ISO on an external USB disk/thumdrive  (formatted at EXFAT - and use intelligent provisioning (Press F10 as the sever boots)

Pete

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sfletcher1959VPAuthor Commented:
This worked just fine and is actually faster.
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