Create ESXi 5.1 bootable USB key

If you want quick and easy way to build bootable USB key with vSphere 5.1 ESXi version under Windows 7 or any other Windows flavor   Linux Live USB creator is the tool which you are looking for. Easy to use and fast. All credits goes to Wojtek 🙂

If you are Linux user follow official VMware documentation.


Linux USB creator


Artur Krzywdzinski

Artur is Consulting Architect at Nutanix. He has been using, designing and deploying VMware based solutions since 2005 and Microsoft since 2012. He specialize in designing and implementing private and hybrid cloud solution based on VMware and Microsoft software stacks, datacenter migrations and transformation, disaster avoidance. Artur holds VMware Certified Design Expert certification (VCDX #077).

  • Hi Artur,
    There’s an alternate method you might like to try as well,
    I provided some info to Hugo Phan at the following blog post with an alternate way of creating a bootable USB stick with ESXi:

    (P.S. the title “creating a better….” refers to an earlier post by Hugo, not your post 😉 )

    • artur_ka

      Hi Will, I’ve seen this post already, is a good way too 🙂

  • Finally! I must have tried 7 or 8 different tools to make a bootable USB drive for the ESXi ISO and this is the only one that worked.

    • indeed very good and easy to use tool, shame it is only on Windows platform

  • Bradford

    Awesome, worked great. Thanks