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    Exclamation How to remove ESXi 5.1 from my server so I can install 2012

    I bought a server from a Company that was closing it's doors, and find that on boot it shows a VMWare Esxi 5.1.0 screen.

    We received the logon to the Esxi and can get into it without issue, the server is an HP Proliant ML350p Gen8 and I have flattened (removed) the Array and created new but each boot shows the Esxi.

    I'm sure I am missing a step on the disk side ( 8 x 600gb drives) I may need to do a format or something on the drives, but my knowledge is limited as to why Esxi keeps booting to the screen.

    If you can help me in any way that would be greatly appreciated, thanks in advance to to you.

    Regards
    Mike

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    Sounds like embedded ESXi. I'd leave it running and set up 2012 in a Virtual Machine. You can then play with other VMs - a lab full of servers in one box!
    If you just want bare 2012 you'll need to go into the BIOS and tell it not to boot from the embedded SD card, or just take the SD card out.

    cheers, Paul

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    Hi Paul,
    Just a thanks mate for your help in this matter, I done as you suggested as I wanted a 2012 server not a VM (already have these).

    It is now installed as 2012 and currently setting the partitions now.

    Once again thank you have a good year ahead.
    Mike

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    Change BIOS or remove SD card?

    cheers, Paul

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