VMware ESX and ESXi system package type

The System Package Types window lets you add a system package type or change configuration information for the ESX and ESXi system package type.

Field definitions

ESX version

The operating system type and version are preselected and unavailable for change if you clicked Edit on the System Package Type tab. If you clicked Add on the System Package Type tab, select the operating system type and version that you want to define.

System package type

Name of the system package type.

OS installer location

Directory where the operating system installer is located.
The location you specify should be relative to the root directory of the data store. For example, if the root directory of the data store is the location:
C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\PXE\pxestore
and the OS installer files reside in:
C:\Program Files\BMC Software\BladeLogic\PXE\pxestore\VMWare\esx3_5
you would enter VMWare\esx3_5.
The requirement is that the installer path name must be the parent directory of the following two directories, for the version of VMWare that you are provisioning:

  • isolinux (does not apply to ESXi 4.1)
  • VMWare

RSCD agent installer Location
(Does not apply to ESXi 4.1)

Directory where the installer for the RSCD agent resides.

Note

ESXi 4.1 does not require the RSCD agent.

Boot kernel file name

The name assigned to the boot kernel file stored in the X86PC\pxelinux directory on the TFTP server.
By default, the boot kernel file is named:

  • vmkernel.gz for VMware ESXi 4.1.
  • vmlinuz for all other VMware versions.

Boot image file name

The name assigned to the boot image file stored in the X86PC\pxelinux directory on the TFTP server.
By default, the boot image file is named:

  • vmkboot.gz for VMware ESXi 4.1.
  • initrd.img for all other VMware versions.

ESXi additional images

The additional image files for ESXi. For ESXi 4.1, four additional image files are required and must exist on the TFTP server. Use three dashes and a space before each file name. The path and file names must be relative to the TFTP root directory, as the following examples show.

  • If the files exist directly under the TFTP root directory, keep the default value that appears in this field, which is:

    --- sys.vgz --- cim.vgz --- ienviron.vgz --- install.vgz
  • If the files are in a subdirectory under the TFTP root directory, add the subdirectory name to each file name to make the names relative to the TFTP root directory. For example:

    --- ESX41Images\sys.vgz --- ESX41Images\cim.vgz --- ESX41Images\ienviron.vgz --- ESX41Images\install.vgz
Boot files location

Browse to the folder where the boot files are located.

This is the only option available for VMware ESXi 5.0.

Where to go from here

 System package panels (generic)

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