Quick tip: Create a bootable VMware ESXi stick

There are multiple tools available to create a bootable VMware ESXi USB stick/drive/key such as:

My favorite tool to create a VMware ESXi USB stick/key is Rufus. I use Rufus because it’s small, fast, Windows-based, open-sourced and the tool is updated frequently.


Requirements for creating a VMware ESXi key:

  • Windows Operating System (Windows 7 or later)
  • Rufus download
  • VMware ESXi ISO download.

Create a USB Stick

To create a VMware ESXi stick is easy. Perform the following steps:

  • Start Rufus
  • Select the USB device
  • Select the ESXi ISO
  • Press Start
  • Data on the USB key will be destroyed.

When the progress status bar is READY, the VMware ESXi bootable is created and ready to boot. I tested the creation of the ESXi USB stick with the latest version of VMware ESXi 6.7 and VMware ESXi 7.

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