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Running EXOS on VMware

  • 9 October 2018
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I went here https://github.com/extremenetworks/Virtual_EXOS and downloaded the ISO



I booted from the ISO and it tells me it can't find install.xos



The doc referenced on Github (https://github.com/extremenetworks/Virtual_EXOS/blob/master/Install_Guide_EXOS-VM-ESXi-5.docx?raw=tr...) says nothing about that.



In fact it fails at "Starting External Memory Card device" with "mounting /dev/hdc on /mnt/a failed: No such device or address"







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Best answer by Ed McGuigan 12 April 2021, 17:46

I had this issue. When you switch the hard disk to be IDE rather than SCSI, it places it as IDE0:0 ( Master on IDE Controller 0 ) and then places the CD Drive as IDE0:1 ( Slave on IDE 0 ). You have to move the CD Drive to be master on IDE1 ( IDE1:1 ).

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Hi jeronimo,

Check to make sure your Hard disk is set for IDE 0:0. I think that caused me an issue in the past.


Thanks,

Tyler
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Ha! The problem is similar: the ISO needs to be shown as IDE 1:0 whereas the default would be 0:1. Tricky stuff. The Word document actually shows it in the screenshot but there is no warning in its text ;-)


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Ha! The problem is similar: the ISO needs to be shown as IDE 1:0 whereas the default would be 0:1. Tricky stuff. The Word document actually shows it in the screenshot but there is no warning in its text ;-)


This makes sense since the error contained "/dev/hdc ...", meaning the boot loader tries to mount itself. Which also makes sense. In the beginning I thought I needed a separate ".xos" files which is not true.
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Ha! The problem is similar: the ISO needs to be shown as IDE 1:0 whereas the default would be 0:1. Tricky stuff. The Word document actually shows it in the screenshot but there is no warning in its text ;-)


You can use the .xos file to upgrade an existing EXOS VM in the future so you don't have to contend with VMware next time.
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Ahh yes, I forgot about that part since I removed the CD ROM drive after the install. Glad you got it working!
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I had this issue. When you switch the hard disk to be IDE rather than SCSI, it places it as IDE0:0 ( Master on IDE Controller 0 ) and then places the CD Drive as IDE0:1 ( Slave on IDE 0 ). You have to move the CD Drive to be master on IDE1 ( IDE1:1 ).

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