ESXi 5 Won’t Boot From USB

I've been upgrading my home VMware lab to vSphere 5.1 today and ran into an issue that I thought I would share.  I had previously written about my home lab environment - I run HP xw8600 workstations, and because I'm using SATA disks behind a SAS controller they are being seen as 'remote' disks to the ESXi installer.  This means that I need another type of disk that will be seen as a 'local' disk so ESXi can create a scratch partition.  A USB thumb drive was the answer, but not without issues. When I installed ESXi 5.0 on the thumb drive, the install completed without problem, but after the … [Read more...]

Home Lab ESXi Install Problem on HP xw8600 with LSI1068

I recently finished a big basement remodel project (gutted it and started from scratch!), leaving me with a new, bigger office space.   The Townsend Family Director of Standards and Practices (a.k.a. She Who Must Be Obeyed, a.k.a. my wife) thinks she's got a nice new space to do some work in, but I've got better plans! My VMware Home Lab reborn!  I started the rebuild tonight with a pair of HP xw8600 workstations.  They are a nice system for a home lab - dual-socket CPU (Intel Xeon 5400 quad-core series), up to 128GB RAM, 14 channels of on-board LSI 1068 SATA/SAS RAID Controller, PCIe x16, … [Read more...]