PXE-booting ESXi

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  1. TCM

    TCM MDL Addicted

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  2. sebus

    sebus MDL Guru

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    Nice, might give it a try

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  3. TCM

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    I switched my main ESXi host to this method and everything works without problems. Since /bootbank gets linked to /tmp automatically, a /tmp/state.tgz gets created automatically every hour or can be manually created by calling /sbin/auto-backup.sh. No vicfg-cfgbackup.pl necessary.

    I also added tools.t00 to the boot.cfg. This makes the VMware Tools .iso files available in /5.1.0 and all relevant links get greated automatically so tools installation in guests is seamless as before. It costs more RAM, though.
     
  4. sebus

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    But RAM is cheap now...
     
  5. TCM

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    Yeah, tools.t00 is about 210MB uncompressed and not making a real dent in 32GB. :)