This is pretty straight forward, but why not put in in a post anyway.
You go to the vmware site and download the latest vmware esxi build. Download it somewhere in your home drive. After downloading perform following tasks:
Become root (su – or sudo -s)
mount the iso file. I made a dir /media/isoimage to mount it to:
mount -o loop -t iso9660 ./VMware-VMvisor-Installer-4.0.0-171294.x86_64.iso /media/isoimage/
I made a dir in my root folder to work in, copy the image.tgz file to there.
cp image.tgz /root/vmware-esxi-stuff/
Extract the image file
tar xzpfv image.tgz
Extract the actual file you need
Now connect your usbdisk to your linux computer, make sure you know how it gets connected. I always tail my log files to make sure.
tail -f /var/log/messages
When you connect your usbdisk you will see a lot of entries passing by. You will see something like
Aug 23 12:43:06 bjornmonnens-desktop kernel: [1134680.672567] sd 6:0:0:0: [sdc] 7818240 512-byte hardware sectors: (4.00 GB/3.72 GiB)
So now you know it is on sdc. Make sure there aren’t any partitions on there or delete everything using fdisk (this might not be necessary, but I did it anyway)
Command (m for help): p
Disk /dev/sdc: 4002 MB, 4002938880 bytes
64 heads, 32 sectors/track, 3817 cylinders
Units = cylinders of 2048 * 512 = 1048576 bytes
Disk identifier: 0x49e2fd2f
Device Boot Start End Blocks Id System
/dev/sdc1 5 900 917504 5 Extended
/dev/sdc4 * 1 4 4080 4 FAT16 <32M
/dev/sdc5 5 254 255984 6 FAT16
/dev/sdc6 255 504 255984 6 FAT16
Delete all and write to disk
Command (m for help): d
Partition number (1-8): 1
Command (m for help): w
The partition table has been altered!
Calling ioctl() to re-read partition table.
Ok now everything should be empty, so go ahead and write your dd image to the usbdisk using the following command.
dd if=VMware-VMvisor-big-171294-x86_64.dd of=/dev/sdc
Ok it’s pretty easy, but it might help somebody. And for you windows guys us a bootable linux cd and perform these task instead of installing all kinds of rubbish on your computer.