You can use a custom or default script to install ESX.

1

Choose a method for booting the installer.

Boot from the DVD using the local DVD-ROM drive.

PXE boot the installer.

2

When the mode selection page appears, press F2.

3

From the boot options list, select a scripted install option.

Scripted Install Option

Description

ESX Scripted Install using USB ks.cfg and customize the ks= option in the boot options list.

To specify a custom script that is not located on the USB:

a

Select the USB option as a template.

b

Customize the ks= option to specify the actual name and location of the custom script.

The script must be located at one of the supported locations. See Step 4.

ESX Scripted Install using USB ks.cfg

Custom installation script located on a USB device attached to the machine. For this option, the script filename must be ks.cfg.

ESX Scripted Install to first disk

Default installation script included with the ESX media. You cannot customize this script. The default root password is mypassword.

ESX Scripted Install to first disk (overwrite VMFS)

Default installation script included with the ESX media. You cannot customize this script. The default root password is mypassword.

4

(Optional) At the end of the boot options list, enter a ks= command.

ks= Option

Description

ks=cdrom:/ks.cfg

Installation script is located on the DVD-ROM drive attached to the machine.

ks=file://<path>/ks.cfg

Installation script is at <path> which resides inside the initial ramdisk image.

ks=ftp://<server>/<path>/ks.cfg

Installation script is located at the given URL.

ks=http://<server>/<path>/ks.cfg

Installation script is located at the given URL.

ks=nfs://<server>/<path>/ks.cfg

Installation script is located at <path> on a given NFS server.

5

Press Enter.

The ESX installation proceeds, using the options that you specified.