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Determining the ESXi installation type (2014558) | VMware KB

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/05/31

Via [WayBackDetermining the ESXi installation type (2014558) | VMware KB

# esxcfg-info -e
boot type: visor-usb

That’s on my X10SRH-CF system which runs from USB.

Values you can get:

  • visor-pxe indicates a PXE deployment
  • visor-thin indicates an installable deployment
  • visor-usb indicates an embedded deployment

If your installation is visor-thin based (running from hard-disk), then you can convert it to visor-usb; the steps are at [WayBackvisor-thin & vsantraces – Hypervisor.fr (in French, but Google Translate is quite OK). It skips a few of the steps mentioned in [WayBack] How To Backup & Restore Free ESXi Host Configuration | virtuallyGhetto, so for saving your current config it’s best to follow these steps:

  1. Shutdown or suspend all VMs
  2. vim-cmd hostsvc/firmware/sync_config
  3. vim-cmd hostsvc/firmware/backup_config
  4. Copy the generated backup from /scratch/downloads (a UUID directory under it)to a safe location
  5. vim-cmd hostsvc/maintenance_mode_enter
  6. shutdown
  7. Install the same ESXi version on a USB disk
  8. Boot from the USB disk
  9. copy the backup to /tmp/configBundle.tgz
  10. vim-cmd hostsvc/firmware/restore_config /tmp/configBundle.tgz
  11. reboot

–jeroen

via [WayBackHow to tell if ESXi is installed to SD card or local HDD? : vmware

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