HomeVirtualizationVMwareCreate bootable USB drive to install ESXi 6.5 - With Rufus

Create bootable USB drive to install ESXi 6.5 - With Rufus

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Create a bootable USB drive to be able to install ESXi in a server/host without the need for a CD/DVD drive.


I am using Rufus, due to it is really easy to use, of course, there are a lot more similar tools...

1. Register/Login to Vmware and obtain ESXi 6.5 U1 iso (Latest version, to the date)

Download it here. https://my.vmware.com/en/group/vmware/evalcenter?p=vsphere-6&cid=70180000000Nb8V

Download ESXi

2. Create a bootable USB drive with Rufus. Download it here.

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3. Run Rufus and select the configuration as the image below. Search ESXi iso and load it, then you should see the new volume label "ESXI-6.5.0-20170702001-STANDARD"


4. Clic "Yes" and "OK" respectively on the warning messages


5. When the installation on the USB drive is Ready, click Close.

ESXI 6.5
Juan Mulford
Juan Mulford
I have been active in IT for over fourteen years now. I am a solutions architect, working with storage, virtualization, and VDI solutions. For the past ten years, I have been living and working in Taiwan.

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