Remote management applications allow you to install ESX on server machines that are in remote locations.

Remote management applications supported for installation include Integrated Lights-Out (iLO), Dell Remote Access Card (DRAC), IBM management module (MM), and Remote Supervisor Adapter II (RSA II). For a list of currently supported server models and remote management firmware versions, see Supported Remote Management Firmware Versions.

Generally, administrators use remote management applications to perform GUI-based, remote installations of ESX. However, you can use a remote management application for scripted installations as well.

If you use remote management applications to install ESX, be careful using the virtual CD feature. The virtual CD might encounter corruption problems with systems or networks under load. If you must use this method, run the media test provided by the ESX installer. If a remote installation from an ISO image fails, complete the installation from the physical DVD media.

VMware recommends that instead of using the virtual CD media for the entire installation, you boot from the virtual CD, enter the askmedia option in the ESX installer boot screen, and then complete the installation with NFS, HTTP/HTTPS, or FTP. The ESX ISO must be mounted in a place that is accessible by one of these network installation methods. This approach is much more reliable than attempting the entire installation via virtual media.

If you PXE boot the installer, you cannot install custom drivers during the ESX installation. If you choose to boot the installer from the DVD and install custom drivers during the ESX installation, the drive that you use for the ESX DVD is the drive that you must use for the custom driver CD/DVD. If the drive is a USB drive (including an emulated USB drive), you must not detach the drive during the installation procedure. If the ESX DVD is an ISO image, the custom driver CD/DVD must be an ISO image as well.