Operating system does not reboot to complete ESXi deployment on a ThinkServer server

Use this information to troubleshoot issues that you might encounter when you attempt to deploy VMware ESXi operating systems to managed servers from Lenovo XClarity Administrator when PXE is enabled on a network card or bootable devices other than the installation drive is included in the boot-order list..

When deploying ESXi on a ThinkServer server, the operating system does not explicitly move the drive on which the operating system is installed to the top of the boot-order list. If a boot device containing a bootable OS or a PXE server is specified before the boot device containing ESXi, then ESXi does not boot. For ESXi deployment, XClarity Administrator updates the boot-order list for most servers to ensure the ESXi boot device is at the top of the boot-order list; however, ThinkServer servers do not provide a way for XClarity Administrator to update the boot-order list.

If the ThinkServer server has network adapters that are PXE bootable, disable PXE support on the network adapters, redeploy the operating system, and then re-enable PXE support. Press F12 to intercept the boot to get to the PXE settings. For information about changing the PXE boot settings, see your network adapter documentation.

If the ThinkServer server has bootable devices in the boot-order list other than the drive on which the operating system is installed, remove the bootable devices from the boot-order list, redeploy the operating system, and then add the bootable device back to the list. Ensure that the installed drive is at the top of the list. For information about changing the boot-order list, see your ThinkServer documentation.