VMware ESXi 4.1 onto a HP Proliant ML350 G6 server

If you try to install VMware ESXi 4.1 onto a HP Proliant ML350 G6, you will highly probable get the following error:

‘Unable to find system image to install. This is due to the image not being mounted correctly or the CD-ROM not being supported.’

Usually you should check the MD5 of your CD/ISO but that isn’t the primary problem.

It’s looks like the SATA CD/DVD-Drive is not supported by ESXi 4.1. So you can exchange the SATA CD/DVD-Drive with an other one or use the ILO (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HP_Integrated_Lights-Out + http://h18013.www1.hp.com/products/servers/management/remotemgmt.html) virtual CD/Image feature (license required) and try it again.

If both don’t help or you can’t choose that options (no extra CD/DVD-Drive or no ILO license available), you can follow these steps:

1.) Install VMware ESXi 4.0 first (yes, that works…)

2.) Install vSphere CLI 4.1 (<- Yes, 4.1 – http://www.vmware.com/support/developer/vcli/) onto your client (Windows 7 etc.) and upgrade to VMware ESXi 4.1 with these steps (follow them exactly or you will get an error like this: ‘Error connecting to server at ‘https://XXXXX/sdk/webService’: Perhaps host is not a vCenter or ESX server’) –> http://blog.peacon.co.uk/wiki/Upgrading_ESXi_4_to_4.1

REM: You can give the HP customized ESXi versions a try too (http://www.hp.com/go/esxidownload) . <- Didn’t tried it myself so far…

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