ESXi and USB failure?

27/02/2011

Updated 2011-03-06

Last week, my former colleague Gabrie van Zanten wrote a very interesting article about using USB sticks to boot an ESXi host.

After reading this excellent post, I remembered that in the early ESX 2.5 days, it was (and still is…) good practice to install ESX on a RAID-1 volume to keep your host in business in case of a disk failure. One day we received a first generation IBM Blade Center. Each blade has just one 2,5 inch disk and a small amount of memory. It was decided to install ESX (ESXi did not even exist…) and to get some experience  with blades. The blades suffered several disk crashes, which immediately led to host failure and disk replacement…

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