Create ESXi 4.1 USB stick with dd on Linux

These are the steps to create ESX 4.1 USB stick:

mount -o loop VMware-VMvisor-Installer-4.1.0.update02-502767.x86\_64.iso /mnt/
cp /mnt/imagedd.bz2 .
bunzip2 imagedd.bz2
dd if=imagedd of=/dev/sdb
rm imagedd
umount /mnt


saurin - Sep 3, 2012

Is this procedure creates the ESXi 4.1 installation USB?

David Hrbáč - Dec 6, 2012

Not sure. As to 5.0, there’s no need to create boot-able USB stick this way. Vmware installer works smoothly…