Before you install ESX, you might need to burn the ESX installation ISO image onto DVD or USB media. Review the firmware and software that VMware has tested and has confirmed works.

VMware has tested these combinations.

Tested Combinations for DVD lists the tested combinations for burning the ESX installation ISO image onto DVD media.

Tested Combinations for DVD

DVD Drive (Make, Model, and BIOS)

Software to Burn DVD

DVD Media

Phillips + RW DVD8801

Roxio Creator Classic version: 6.1.1.48

SONY DVD +RW 120min / 4.7 GB

Philips PLDS DVD + RW DH-16A6S

Roxio Creator version: 3.3.0

SONY DVD+RW

Philips PLDS DVD + RW DH-16W1S

Roxio Creator version: 3.3.0

SONY DVD+RW

Philips BenQ PBDS + RW DH-16W1S

Roxio Creator version: 3.3.0

SONY DVD+RW

HL-DT-ST DVD+-RW GSA-H53N

Burn4Free V.4.6.0.0

SONY DVD+RW

Dell/_NEC DVD +-RW ND-3530A

Roxio Creator Classic version: 6.1.1.48

Memorex DVD-R

Dell/_NEC DVD +-RW ND-3530A

Roxio Creator Classic version: 6.1.1.48

Office Depot DVD+RW

Dell/_NEC DVD +-RW ND-3530A

Roxio Creator Classic version: 6.1.1.48

Ativa DVD-RW

Dell/_NEC DVD +-RW ND-3530A

Roxio Creator Classic version: 6.1.1.48

TDK DVD+R

Verbatim DVD+R

SONY DVD-R

Maxell DVD+R

Tested Combinations for USB lists the tested combinations for burning the ESX installation ISO image onto USB media.

Tested Combinations for USB

External USB DVD Drive

Firmware Version

Iomega

Rev: XY13

LaCie

Rev: LA00

LG 8x portable DVD Rewriter

Rev: KE01

SONY DVD+- R 20X

Rev: SS01