Kickstart entries - ESX
The Kickstart Entries tab lets you modify the contents of the Kickstart file, which is a text file used in unattended installations of ESX.
When you define an ESX system package, your input on the system package tabs is automatically converted into text in the first edit box at the top of the Kickstart Entries tab.
You can add entries to the Kickstart file or customize the file by editing existing entries.
- For ESX 4.0, kickstart file entries have a format and syntax different from all other ESX platforms. See Kickstart entries example for ESX 4.0.
- Ensure that the Kickstart file does not grow beyond the size limit of 64 kilobytes. For more information, see Serialization error when saving the system package due to large kickstart file in Troubleshooting provisioning issues.
- If you create a custom Kickstart file, then when you create a Provision Job using the system package, the wizard displays the Customized Unattend Entries panel. You can use the panel to edit the custom Kickstart file for the particular Provision Job. See To change existing Kickstart entries.
To leave existing Kickstart entries unchanged and add entries
To leave the automatically generated entries in the first edit box unchanged and add entries for configuration elements that are not covered by the system package tabs, use this procedure.
To change existing Kickstart entries
To modify the automatically generated entries in the first edit box and also add entries, use this procedure.
Proceed to the Post-install configuration - ESX tab.