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Sep 29 2009   2:33PM GMT

Faulty ESX USB keys from HP

Raj Perumal Raj Perumal Profile: Raj Perumal

Hi guys, I wanted to chat about something I’ve run into in my experiences. Faulty USB keys for ESX! As you know, VMware has the ability to load onto a server using a USB key instead of hard drives. Well I have now seen an issue with this, not with VMware so much as with HP branded ESX USB keys.

If you bought ESX USB keys from HP along with your servers you might have a faulty set of keys. Apparently the keys start to fail and the servers either freeze or cause weird errors like the VMware purple screen of death. I personally ran into this on over 40 HP blades using HP USB keys.

Luckily the good folks at HP have acknowledge this and have posted a fix for this. HP will send you a replacement USB key if you find that you have an issue. They also have posted what to look for on the USB key to determine in advance whether you have one of these faulty keys.

You can check out the following links for more information:


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  • DarkAlman
    I've built a number of USB ESXi bootable images now and only 1 of every 3 works without fault. You have to use high quality USB keys when trying this method and even then it's surprisingly tricky to get a thumb drive that works. So I'm not surprised HP is seeing this issue as well.
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