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Automatically prepare an ESXi ISO image for PXE booting

Use this shell script to extract and modify the contents of an ESXi ISO image for use with PXE boot installation.

Automating VMware Tools install on Ubuntu 12.04

Include VMware Tools during Ubuntu PXE installs by adding a few lines to the preseed configuration.

VMware ESXi 5 Scripted Install to USB Flash

VMware vSphere 5 adds the ability to perform a scripted installation of VMware ESXi 5 to a USB flash drive or SD card. Hyper-V? Not so much.

VMware ESXi 5 Interactive PXE Installation Improvements

VMware ESXi 5 media can be used for interactive PXE installs without creating the image.tgz file that ESXi 4.1 required. A "prefix" directive for boot.cfg also makes it easier to organize various versions of the install media into subdirectories.

VMware vSphere can virtualize itself + 64-bit nested guests

VMware vSphere 5 makes it even easier to virtualize ESXi, and can now run nested 64-bit guests.

Peaceful Coexistence: WDS and Linux PXE Servers

PXE is arguably the best way to install VMware ESXi or Linux and it also enables various Linux-based utilities. See how to configure Windows Deployment Services to coexist with a Linux PXE server.

Taking snapshots of VMware ESX 4 running in a VM

VMware ESX 4 can virtualize itself, and by using a special undocumented configuration setting it is now possible to take snapshots of virtual VMware ESX 4 systems.

VMware vCenter CapacityIQ 1.0.1 for vSphere

VMware vCenter CapacityIQ 1.0.1 is now fully integrated with VMware vSphere. The product deploys quickly as an OVF virtual appliance and the user interface is a vSphere Client plugin.

VMware ESX 4 can even virtualize itself

VMware ESX 4 can run multiple virtual instances of ESX 4 on a single physical server and even allows powering on and VMotion of nested VMs inside virtual ESX (vESX). Perfect for a small VMware vSphere test lab!