There are a couple of ways to automate the installation of an ESX server. Most methods are very generic though and don’t just install ESX but install a lot of different OSes, automated or not. But all of them only install the basic OS. Customizing it is always a highly specialized and time-consuming task. To deal with this, the idea for the EDA was born.
EDA stands for ESX Deployment Appliance. It’s specifically built to deploy ESX servers in the easiest and fastest way. It not only deploys ESX servers in just a few minutes, it also completely configures them. It also has a built-in script-builder that makes it possible for anybody to create a customized, completely configured ESX server without the need to really know scripting. It has a very intuitive web-interface that makes it very easy to setup a host so it not only deploys it very fast, but also makes it a very powerful disaster recovery tool.
August 28, 2008