Create a bootable VMware ESXi 5 USB stick in Windows and perform a scripted installation

Step 1
Be sure removing all partitions and format a FAT32 partition on the USB stick by using the following command:

Open the command prompt and enter the following commands:

diskpart (make sure you run diskpart as administrator)
list disk (list the disk in your system including the USB)
select disk USB number
create partition primary
format fs=fat32 quick

Step 2
Download the Windows LinuxLive USB creator utility here.

Step 3
Start the Lili USB creator utility.


Follow the steps 1,2,4 and click 5 to create the USB stick. Wait till the USB creation process is finished.

Step 4
Edit the BOOT.CFG file in the root of the USB stick and add ks=usb between /b.b00 and — /useropts.gz modules

The BOOT.CFG should look like this:

title=Loading ESXi installer
modules=/b.b00 ks=usb --- /useropts.gz --- /k.b00 --- /a.b00 --- /ata-pata.v00 --- /ata-pata.v01 --- /ata-pata.v02 --- /ata-pata.v03 --- /ata-pata.v04 --- /ata-pata.v05 --- /ata-pata.v06 --- /ata-pata.v07 --- /block-cc.v00 --- /ehci-ehc.v00 --- /s.v00 --- /weaselin.i00 --- /ima-qla4.v00 --- /ipmi-ipm.v00 --- /ipmi-ipm.v01 --- /ipmi-ipm.v02 --- /misc-cni.v00 --- /misc-dri.v00 --- /net-be2n.v00 --- /net-bnx2.v00 --- /net-bnx2.v01 --- /net-cnic.v00 --- /net-e100.v00 --- /net-e100.v01 --- /net-enic.v00 --- /net-forc.v00 --- /net-igb.v00 --- /net-ixgb.v00 --- /net-nx-n.v00 --- /net-r816.v00 --- /net-r816.v01 --- /net-s2io.v00 --- /net-sky2.v00 --- /net-tg3.v00 --- /ohci-usb.v00 --- /sata-ahc.v00 --- /sata-ata.v00 --- /sata-sat.v00 --- /sata-sat.v01 --- /sata-sat.v02 --- /sata-sat.v03 --- /scsi-aac.v00 --- /scsi-adp.v00 --- /scsi-aic.v00 --- /scsi-bnx.v00 --- /scsi-fni.v00 --- /scsi-hps.v00 --- /scsi-ips.v00 --- /scsi-lpf.v00 --- /scsi-meg.v00 --- /scsi-meg.v01 --- /scsi-meg.v02 --- /scsi-mpt.v00 --- /scsi-mpt.v01 --- /scsi-mpt.v02 --- /scsi-qla.v00 --- /scsi-qla.v01 --- /uhci-usb.v00 --- /tools.t00 --- /imgdb.tgz --- /imgpayld.tgz

Step 5
Create a Kickstart configuration file for the scripted installation in the root of the USB stick. Here is an example:

#Sample kickstart scripted installation
rootpw VMw@re
install --firstdisk --overwritevmfs
network --bootproto=static --ip= --gateway= --nameserver= --netmask= --hostname=esxi5-01.beerens.local --device=vmnic0 --addvmportgroup=0

%firstboot --interpreter=busybox
# Rename local datastore name
vim-cmd hostsvc/datastore/rename datastore1 "$(hostname -s)-local-storage-1"
# DNS names
esxcli system hostname set --fqdn=esxi5-01.beerens.local
esxcli network ip dns search add --domain=beerens.local
# DNS server addresses
esxcli network ip dns server add --server=
esxcli network ip dns server add --server=
# SSH and ESXi shell
vim-cmd hostsvc/enable_ssh
vim-cmd hostsvc/start_ssh
vim-cmd hostsvc/enable_esx_shell
vim-cmd hostsvc/start_esx_shell

For editing and creating the boot.cfg and ks.cfg file in Windows I use Notepad++ so NO hidden carriage returns are in the files. And the USB stick creation in ready.

SPECIAL THANKS TO: for this post.

William Lam’s blog has real good information about Kickstart scripts found here.

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Exporting your Active Directory Certificate
As an Administrative user on your Active Directory server:

  1. Open the Microsoft Management Console by running mmc.exe.
  2. Add the Certificates snap-in for the Computer Account (select the Local Computer).
  3. Locate your certificate in the resulting tree. If you are using a self-signed certificate then this will appear under the Personal folder.
  4. Right click on the certificate, select All Tasks > Export.
  5. Export the certificate (without the private key but will all associated trusted certificates) in Base 64 format.

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Once the certificate has been exported you will be able to create a keystore with this certificate that you can use to access your Active Directory server.

  • To do this you will use the keytool (keytool.exe on Windows) utility supplied with your Java runtime with the following command:

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  • Enter a secure password for your keystore. This will create a keystore file called shdomain.ks
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Go to start > run > Services.msc > Start the Server service . (as shown below)

In my case , the Server service was stopped due to lack of certain security patches in that server. In order to solve this problem for good , update the server using Windows Update. In order to solve the problem temporarily, start the Server service.

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Multimedia Fusion Developer

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