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Install ESXi4 on USB or SD?

Danny Scheelings
Occasional Visitor

Install ESXi4 on USB or SD?


We have ordered the HP DL360 G7 server and want to install VMWare ESXi 4. In our previous server it was only possible to use a USB disk to install ESXi on, but in this server we have also the possibility to use SD.

What is the best choice?

Jan Soska
Honored Contributor

Re: Install ESXi4 on USB or SD?

Hello, it probably doesn't matter. We will do the same on new G7's with internal USB's

Michal Kapalka (mikap)
Honored Contributor

Re: Install ESXi4 on USB or SD?


in my personal opinion it's only about

physical security and medium replacement.

1, physical security : SD CARD

SD card is inside the server instead of USB key

2, Replacement - USB key is more comfortable, because you don't need to go inside the server

its up to you what is the benefit for you.

Uwe Zessin
Honored Contributor

Re: Install ESXi4 on USB or SD?

I don't have a pointer, but as far as I know, HP has cancelled all support for ESXi on USB due to reliability problems -- so SD is the way.
Daniel Bowers
Trusted Contributor

Re: Install ESXi4 on USB or SD?

There was a specific USB key that had an issue (link below), but USB keys are still supported for ESXi.