I am trying to install VMware ESXi 4.0.0 U1 on a Dell 1950 server via a bootable CD-ROM. I keep getting this error right at the start:
Cannot open vmkboot.gz
I checked that the CD-ROM drive is not to blame by installing Debian Etch using that drive. I tried several different versions of ESXi (3.5, 3.5 Dell edition, 4.0 Dell edition) and they all give me an error at the same place. I also tried installing from a USB "thumb" drive but got the same error.
I checked with the VMware HCL (Hardware Compatibility List) and the Dell 1950 is listed as being compatible.
Here are some server details:
- Two 1.6 GHz Xeon 5110 CPUs (ID: 06-0F-B)
- BIOS version 2.2.6
Any ideas on what might be the issue?