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VMware support for USB/SD devices used for installing VMware ESXi

Purpose

This article provides clarification of VMware support for ESXi Installable deployed on a USB or SD flash storage devices.

Resolution

You can install ESXi to a USB or SD flash storage device directly attached to the server. This option is intended to allow you to gain experience with deploying a virtualized server without relying on traditional hard disks. However, VMware supports this option only under these conditions: 
  • The server on which you want to install ESXi is listed on the VMware Compatibility Guide.

    AND

  • You have purchased a server with ESXi Embedded on the server from a certified vendor.

    OR

  • You have used a USB or SD flash device that is approved by the server vendor for the particular server model on which you want to install ESXi on a USB or SD flash storage device.

If you intend to install ESXi on a USB or SD flash storage device while ensuring VMware support for it and you have not purchased a server with Embedded ESXi, consult your server vendor for the appropriate choice of a USB or SD flash storage device.

Based on VMware KB 1010574




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