Technical Paper: Installing VMware ESXi 6 Using PXE
It’s 2016, are you still installing VMware ESXi by mounting ISO images in a browser-based console? That’s probably fine for one-off efforts, and it sure beats making a trip to the datacenter with physical CDs, but network deployments are the way of the future.
If you have not yet made the move to PXE deployments, then a new guide from VMware may be the catalyst needed to get your environment moving towards greater operational maturity:
Today, there are a number of large-scale VMware deployments leveraging Auto Deploy to centrally install, patch, and upgrade ESXi hosts that do not utilize local disks. For environments not quite ready to dive into this world of highly automated, stateless deployments, then network installs via PXE – either interactive or scripted – are a good starting point. Getting familiar with the required infrastructure, such as DHCP, TFTP, and properly configured DNS today can pave the way for future automation with Auto Deploy technology.
To learn more and to read the entire article at its source, please refer to the following page, Technical Paper: Installing VMware ESXi 6 Using PXE- VMware Blogs