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.

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)


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