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I just installed ESXi on a machine remotely. This machine had a few disks to pick from, and I didn't think about it at the time, but it didn't ask me where I wanted to install the OS to until after opening and decompressing the tarballs on the installation CD.

Did ESXi write to a disk to put those temp files? Was it all in RAM?

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Memory, simple as that.

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