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Kickstart entries example for ESX 4.0

For ESX 4.0, kickstart file entries have a format and syntax different from all other ESX platforms.

The following are the characteristics of the ESX 4.0 kickstart file:

  • Kickstart entries have key=value entries instead of space-separated entries.
  • If you set the Kickstart Device using the MAC_ADDRESS_CD property, the Kickstart entry is --device=??MAC_ADDRESS_CD??
    where MAC_ADDRESS_CDis a colon-separated MAC address.


    • The value for MAC_ADDRESS_CD must be a colon-separated MAC address.
      In addition, the MAC_ADDRESS and DEVICE.MAC_ADDRESS properties are not supported for the ESX 4.0 system package type. Both properties resolve to a hyphen-separated MAC address, which is not supported by ESX 4.0.
    • The ESX 4.0 Kickstart does not support ethX as the value for --device.
  • If you provided a License Key on the Computer Settings tab, its Kickstart entry is serialnum.
  • The --hostname key specifies the name for the installed system. This key works only with -bootproto=static.
  • By default, the system clears the disks that you listed on the disk partition panel in the clearpart entry.
  • If you do not provide a value for ondisk, the system uses --ondiskfirst as the value.
  • If you do not provide a value for onvmfsdisk, the system uses --onfirstvmfs.
  • Kickstart for ESX 4.0 does not support the following:
    • mouse
    • lang
    • lang support
    • text

Example: Part of an ESX 4.0 kickstart file

In the clearpart entry in the following example, sbh is an example disk partition specified by the user on the disk partition panel.

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network --bootproto=dhcp --device=??MAC_ADDRESS_CD??
bootloader --location=mbr
clearpart --drives=sbh -overwritevmfs
part None --fstype=vmkcore --size=1280 --ondisk=sdb
part /boot --fstype=ext3 --size=1100 --ondisk=sdb
part Storage1 --fstype=vmfs3 --size=10000 --grow --ondisk=sdb
virtualdisk myconsole --size=8000 --onvmfs=Storage1
part swap --fstype=swap --size=600 --onvirtualdisk=myconsole
part / --fstype=ext3 --size=5120 --grow --onvirtualdisk=myconsole
firewall --allowIncoming --allowOutgoing
timezone --utc Asia/Calcutta
rootpw --iscrypted ROOT_PASSWORD
auth --useshadow --enabled
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