Install ESXi5.0 from a CD or DVD Using a Script
In the previous post we saw how to interactively install ESXi, here I will show you how to install using script. Only difference between this method and interactive method is you do not need provide any inputs. Just one simple line pointing to ks.cfg file and all done.
What you need? i.e. pre-requisites
IIS or any Webserver
ISO image to burn it on CD/DVD (assuming you do not have ILO)
Configuration of IIS Server
Install IIS using standard next next method. Nothing special there.
Extract ESXi5.0 ISO image using ISO Buster
Below is what it might look after extracting the image
Create a folder by name e.g. ESXi5 under C:Inetpubwwwroot as shown below and copy the above files or entire content of the CD
Create a answer file with name ks.cfg as shown below
# # Sample scripted installation file # # Accept the VMware End User License Agreement vmaccepteula # Set the root password for the DCUI and Tech Support Mode rootpw mypassword # Install on the first local disk available on machine install –firstdisk –overwritevmfs # Set the network to DHCP on the first network adapater network –bootproto=dhcp –device=vmnic0# Reboot the OS but do not eject CD.reboot –-noeject
Copy the ks.cfg file into C:InetpubwwwrootESXi5
Start the server, ensure it boots from the CD as shown below and press enter
When you see below screen press SHIFT + O
You get below screen, remove run runweasel by press backspace
Type the webserver address as shown below
Press Enter and watch the stuff.