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How to install ESXi or any OS withour going through KVM?

Jcard1971
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Is it possible to just walk up to blade with keyboard and mouse, CD drive to install OS?

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Robert Burns
Cisco Employee
Cisco Employee

Yes.  You need the utility dongle that came with your blade (usually there's at least 1 shipped with each chassis).  This utility dongle will have connections for monitor, two USB and a serial (DB9) connection.  From here you can connect a USB CD/DVD drive and locally install your OS.   Just ensure the CD ROM is set as the first boot device, or use F6 to manually select the boot device during power on.

Utilty Dongle seen here:

http://www.cisco.com/en/US/docs/unified_computing/ucs/hw/chassis/install/blade.html

Regards,

Robert

Are these USB ports on the dongle valid to connect a USB HASP (for software protection)??

Thanks,

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