I have a VMWare Server 2.0 installation. I have a USB hard drive plugged into the host and the USB device attached to a VM. I would like to be able to boot from one of the partitions on my USB drive. Is this possible? From the bit of poking around I’ve done it looks like the BIOS doesn’t support USB drives?
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here it is:
No, it is not possible. The guest uses an Intel 440BX chipset, which existed long before bootable USB devices, and does not support such things.
but you can upgrade to the new ESXi Server (free for developing environment) and that will boot from USB devices, all you need to do is follow this trick.
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