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:
- From the drop down select your USB drive
- Navigate to your download ISO
- Optionally name your USB drive
- 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!