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Install ESX without DVDs

How you can take the UDA – and just use it to do a PXE boot and use its web-service to deliver media – minus the script installation.

Most of the time I want to have completely scripted installation of ESX3/4 without having to touch a physical server except for pressing F12 and doing it through the PXE boot appliance – the UDA…

For some time I’ve been using UDA 2.0 in its beta format to install ESX4 in unattended fashion. But occasionally I want to do a manual installation. My problem is all my boxes have CDs, not DVD players. Also the virtual media method although is OK, it’s deadly slow.

Anyway, over on http://www.virtuallifestyle.nl, Joep Piscaer has shown how you can take the UDA – and just use it to do a PXE boot and use its web-service to deliver media – minus the script installation. Joep’s small edit presents you with an over-the-network installation using the full graphical installer.

http://www.virtuallifestyle.nl/2009/06/uda-2-0-with-a-twist/

This was last published in June 2009

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