Just wanted to share what I normally do when I need to reinstall/ install a new ESXi instance for my home lab.
Normally, you have to use Rufus or any tools that can create a bootable USB.
For me, I just use VMware Workstation to directly write to my USB. you just have to target the USB as the whole Physical Drive, mount the ISO, and install away!
- Create VM
- In the Wizard, use Entire Disk
- WARNING: Make sure to target the correct disk. You can verify the Disk number in Computer Management. If you don’t check – you might end up with a formatted System Disk.
- After the wizard, install like you normally would.
- Un-mount the USB – and plug it to your server!