Would you like to learn how to create a Vmware ESXi USB installer? In this tutorial, we are going to show you how to use a Vmware ISO image to create a bootable flash drive on a computer running Microsoft Windows.

In our example, we are going to create a bootable USB stick containing the Vmware ESXi 6.7 installer.

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Tutorial - Vmware ESXi USB Installer

Before we start, you need to have a Vmware installation media image .ISO

In our example, we used the Vmware ESXi 6.7 ISO installation media.

Insert a USB Stick on the computer and format as FAT32 or NTFS.

In our example, we used a 30GB USB stick.

Open a browser, access the official website and download the RUFUS software.

  • Rufus

Open the Rufus software, select the following options:

• Device: The USB driver unity.

• Partition Scheme: MBR Partition Scheme for BIOS or UEFI.

• Filesystem: FAT32


Select the image button and locate the Vmware ESXi ISO image.

In our example, we selected the file: VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.7.0-8169922.x86_64.iso

rufus image

Click on the Start button and wait for the process to finish

The system will start to create a bootable USB stick using the Vmware ESXi image.

This process can take a while.

After the process is finished, you should remove the USB stick.

Now, you could try to boot another computer using your brand new bootable Vmware USB Stick.