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‘Upgrading’ from ESX to ESXi – a multipart series – Part 2 – Installation Options

Deploying a new ESXi installable instance (I’ll be creating posts for the following options and create a composite summary at the end)

Some research has returned 7 viable options for deployment here:

1. Manual Installation
2. UDA (Ultimate Deployment Appliance)

a. http://www.ultimatedeployment.org/
b. http://www.rtfm-ed.co.uk/docs/vmwdocs/uda20-beta.pdf
c. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=w5JmRHE2ndI
d. http://www.dailyhypervisor.com/2009/04/06/using-the-ultimate-deployment-appliance-to-test-esx-kickstart-scripts-part-i/

3. EDA (ESX Deployment appliance) – (0.90 in VMware appliance Marketplace, but 0.94 available at:

  1. a. http://virtuall.eu/downloads/
  2. b. http://invurted.com/esx-deployment-appliance/

4. VMware’s own ‘Auto Deploy’

  1. a. http://labs.vmware.com/flings/vmware-auto-deploy

5. V-PXEServer

  1. http://www.epic.ca/lab/V-PXEServer.zip

6. SD / USB duplication

7. Custom PXE Server


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