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ESXi is the unified version of the VMware hypervisor, but it could be installed on a host in different way:
- Embedded: is a OEM version usually shipped with the host
- Installable: is the one available from the VMware download site
- PXE: is used in the AutoDeploy environment
If could be obvios know if you have a PXE type, how is possible find if you have an Installable or Embedded version? The destination media is not enough because you can install ESXi also over the vendor’s SD card used for the embedded versions.
Basically the old trick was:
- Run the command:
# ls /bootbank
If your host is running ESXi Installable you will see a file called state.tgz
If your host is running ESXi Embedded you will see a file called local.tgz
The new one is:
Run this command:
# esxcfg-info -e
You see an output similar to:
boot type: visor-thin
You can determine the ESXi type based on the output of this command.
- visor-thin indicates an installable deployment
- visor-usb indicates an embedded deployment
- visor-pxe indicates a PXE deployment
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