Free software called Unetbootin can create bootable USB which is then used in case your system does not have CD/DVD drive, to install ESXi hypervisor. This free application can create the bootable ESXi 5 hypervizor from any system – Linux, Windows or Mac OS X.
In my case I have Mac OS X, for that I used it.
Here are the steps to create a bootable ESXi 5 USB stick:
- Download Free Unebootin software (use the version you need for you system: Linux, Windows, Mac OS X)
- Format the USB stick with FAT32 and make sure it could be read from Mac OS X.
- Use Unetbootin to select your VMware ESXi 5 iso file – VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.5.0.update02-2068190.x86_64.iso and with the dropdown arrow choose the correct USB drive from your system.
- Now, that’s all. You are done. Click OK to start the installation process. After, don’t forget to change the boot sequence in your BIOS to boot from USB.