ESXi 4.0 – Installing In “Embedded” Mode

Starting with ESX 3.0 VMware began issuing an alternative ESXi version, the main difference being that the Linux Service Console was removed (although in fact it was not completely removed – see my blog here to see how you can still access it). This greatly reduced the overall size of the installation from around 2GB down to only 300MB, with the additional benefits of dramatically cutting boot times  and improving security.

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