Install ESX 3.5i U3 on a USB Memory Stick running linux

Many people have write about it, but I found it hard to find the procedure on the internet. So considder this as a note to myself.

Most post are about installing ESX 3.5i on a USB memory stick running Windows. They can run Winzip or something like that. But wat about us Linux guy’s. Here is what to do:

  1. Make sure you USB memery stick is empty (non partitions at all, you can use fdisk to delete all the partitions).
  2. Mount the downloaded iso file to /mnt
    mount -o loop VMware-VMvisor-InstallerCD-3.5.0_Update_3-123629.i386.iso /mnt
  3. Extract the install.gz (ESX kernel) to /tmp
    tar zxf /mnt/install.tgz -C /tmp
  4. Put the image on your USB Memory stick (in my example /dev/sdb)
    bzcat VMware-VMvisor-big-3.5.0_Update_3-123629.i386.dd.bz2 | dd of=/dev/sdb

Don’t forget to remove the VMWare-VMvisor* file from /tmp

About Michael

Michael Wilmsen is a VMware training/consultant (no specific order) with more than 15 years in the IT industry. Main focus is VMware vSphere, Horizon View and Site Recovery Manager with a deepdive to performance.
Michael is VCDX 210, VCAP 4/5 certified, has been rewarded with the vExpert title from 2011, is a PernixPro, Nutanix Tech Champion and a Nutanix Platform Professional.

2 Comments to “Install ESX 3.5i U3 on a USB Memory Stick running linux”

  1. By Justin, July 1, 2009 @ 01:07

    Might help to mention that the VMware-VMvisor-*.dd.bz2 image will be in /tmp/usr/lib/vmware/installer following these instructions. Thanks, I had a set of windows instructions but am working from a Linux machine. Confirmed that what I was about to try will (should?) actually work.

  2. By Justin, July 1, 2009 @ 01:07

    Might help to mention that the VMware-VMvisor-*.dd.bz2 image will be in /tmp/usr/lib/vmware/installer following these instructions. Thanks, I had a set of windows instructions but am working from a Linux machine. Confirmed that what I was about to try will (should?) actually work.

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