Creating a Bootable VMware ESXi USB Drive

vSphere installer comes in an ISO format however VMware doesn’t have any official tool to convert that image to a bootable USB drive. The 3rd party tool Rufus is the quickest and easiest way to convert that image so you can load vSphere on those hosts that don’t have a CD-ROM drive.

The steps are pretty simple:

  1. From the drop down select your USB drive
  2. Navigate to your download ISO
  3. Optionally name your USB drive
  4. Click the Start button

Now get a cup of coffee and when you return your USB key will be ready to go. Don’t forget to safely eject the drive when done!

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