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Installing ESXi 4.1 on a USB Stick

This post covers installing ESXi 4.1 on a usb stick.

Start out by downloading:


  1. Extract the VMware .iso file to a temp folder.
  2. Extract the “imagedd.bz2” from the extracted contents of the ISO.

    How the folders look:

  3. Now open Winimage (run as administrator). Under “Disk” choose your USB drive, then select “Restore Virtual Hard Disk image on physical drive…”.
  4. Select your USB drive and click “ok”.
  5. Now select the “VMWare ESXi 4.1.ul.vhd” that you extracted earlier.
  6. Winimage should throw a warning, select “yes”.
  7. Once the installation is finished the server can now be booted from the USB stick.
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Posted by on November 14, 2011 in ESXi