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    Hi all,

    I have esx 3 server everything was o.k. until now.
    I create a new vm,I have VI client and I can not boot from iso file.
    I get into the setup(f2) I promote the cd to be first,but the vm go to network card.

    Any ide?

    Thanks,

    Gil

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    Re: Can not boot from iso vm on esx3

    Hi Gil,

    Thanks for your question.

    Just to clarify, are you saying that you already have ESX server installed and are trying to boot a virtual machine with an ISO CD?

    It sounds like you are talking about the boot order of the VM. If you go back into the BIOS, is the boot order that you set saved? Is the ISO CD really bootable?
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    • #3
      Re: Can not boot from iso vm on esx3

      Hi david,

      sorry I have two bad os iso and I think that something not O.K.

      Thanks,

      Gil

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      • #4
        Re: Can not boot from iso vm on esx3

        Hi Gilo,

        It sounds like you cannot load the ISO file that you created when installing the VM OS.

        Open your web browser and go to the VMware Management Interface. Once in, click on your VM and check what the path of the configuration file is. In my case, it is /root/vmware/winNetEnterprise/ (These are for Windows Servers).

        What type of OS are you using and what is the ISO path?

        -6g

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          Re: Can not boot from iso vm on esx3

          i dont know if this is the same situation as i had, but i couldnt boot any of my blades from an iso of ESX Server made with alcohol 120%...

          i dont know why, but all the iso's i tried to make with windows failed, but the iso i made with k3b worked fine...

          so i make my iso's on a knoppix virtual, and then move them to the /vmfs/volumes/ folder... hadnt found a better way yet, but i have all the iso's i need now. hopefully im set for 2 years...
          its easier to beg forgiveness than ask permission.
          Give karma where karma is due...

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          • #6
            Re: Can not boot from iso vm on esx3

            I have had various problems with ISO images in the past, it seems to vary a lot depending on what software you use to create them.

            I now always use LCIsoCreater, it is free and works everytime, plus it is only 23.4kb in size, so I have attached it to this post.
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            • #7
              Re: Can not boot from iso vm on esx3

              Hi Hoggie,
              Thanks for your help and for posting the download.
              I added to your reputation points!
              David
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                Re: Can not boot from iso vm on esx3

                Originally posted by hoggle View Post
                I have had various problems with ISO images in the past, it seems to vary a lot depending on what software you use to create them.

                I now always use LCIsoCreater, it is free and works everytime, plus it is only 23.4kb in size, so I have attached it to this post.
                If you want to guarantee your .ISO will work with a VM mounted on ESX, then create your .ISO using ESX Server and the ESX Service Console. No software cost involved here either. This is a good alternative if you're on the road or stuck in a datacenter with no internet or software utility repository access.

                1. Insert the CD/DVD you want to .ISOize into your ESX host CD/DVD ROM drive
                2. Log on to the service console as root
                3. Run the command:

                dd if=/dev/cdrom of=/vmfs/volumes/pathtoyourvmfsvolumewhereyouwillstoretheISO/isoname.iso

                If it's a CD ROM, go grab a 5 minute coffee.
                If it's a DVD, go have a fast dinner. Send the tab to Daniel.

                When you return, you will have joy.
                Last edited by jasonboche; 11th April 2007, 04:32.
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