Successfully Running ESXi from SD Card or USB – Part 2
In Part 1 of this blog, we discussed some items that need to be addressed to successfully run ESXi from an SD card or USB drive. Most specifically the syslog files, core dump, and VSAN traces files (if VSAN is enabled).
This post will discuss some options to address each one and various pros and cons to each method. Unfortunately there is no definitive answer. Since each infrastructure can and will be different it is nearly impossible for me, Dell, or VMware to say exactly what you should do. The intent of the information below is to help give you options on how to manage these files. These are by no means the only options.
How do we manage these files, so they are persistent?
Remember, not every solution above will work in your environment. But I do strongly advise doing something to protect, at the very least, the core dumps and VSAN trace files. These are two key items that either VMware support will require to help resolve issues that may come up. With the available free options it is cheap insurance for what could be a terrible support/troubleshooting session.
Look for the third and final blog in this series where I will show you how to configure some of the infrastructure discussed above.