1Building a Virtualized Testbed on the Cheap – Part IV: ESXi Installation on a USB Flash Drive
2Download and License ESX
The ESXi installer is freely downloadable from www.vmware.com. Users indicate the maximum number of physical hosts on which ESXi will be installed (up to 999), and then VMware will e-mail registration information. Upon receipt of the e-mail, click on the Activate button to get a link to the download of the standard ISO image.
3Extracting from the ISO
4Extract ESXi Image
From there, navigate to the /usr/lib/vmware/installer folder and then uncompress the file VMWare-VMvisor-big-3.5.0_Update_3-123629.i386.dd. Note: The version number will likely differ with a different version of ESXi. This will free up the ESXi image, called VMware-VMvisor-big-3.5.0_Update_3-123629.i386.dd.