Saturday, February 26, 2011

PXE booting a UCS blade to install ESXi - I finally got something to work right!

I finally figured out how to install ESXi on a UCS blade using PXE! I used tftpd, an opensource tftp, dhcp, and syslog package, but it should work on a Linux system as well, if you have the patience to configure one. for PXE I'm using pxelinux, and the real trick is adding the "vlanid=<vlan>" line to the APPEND line in the pxe config file.
I also used some of the kickstart commands for esxi to automate the process. You can find more info about those here, and a terrific article by my blogging hero, Scott Lowe.

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