Grey Screen of Death – ESXi 5.X Installation

As I was working on upgrading my home lab to ESXi 5.5, I kept running into a problem.

VMware_ESXi_Grey

To give you some feedback, I was using Fusion 6.0 on my MacBook Pro. The ESXi 5.5 software was locally on the Mac and I was attempting to install it on a USB drive. Note that I will have a detailed blog post on this process soon.

The install kept getting stuck on the “Grey Screen of Death” (shown to the left) or at least this is what I called it after hours of trying to figure out what was happening. Note that the red text says : “Logs are stored on non-persistent storage. Consult product documentation to configure a syslog server or a scratch partition.”

I tried the install on my Air, I tried different ESXi software, I tried a lot of things and nothing. This screen showed up after I selected F11 for accepting the license. The grey screen just showed up. It was weird and when I was doing the install, you could see the grey screen show up before I selected “Enter” to continue. It was driving me crazy. I had called everyone to figure it out, brought the laptop to a going away party to get groups of people to look at it, I did webexs, and it ended getting solved by Tyler Britten ( @vmtyler ). Oh how I am get grateful to Tyler. #Team04 all the way

You see I was using a Mac and the damn keys were configured for a Mac world. Specifically the F11 button was mapped to Show Desktop which means that ESXi never got the command. (See below)

keyboardSo in case you ever run into issues with bringing too many worlds together, always try to think of the simple things. Think about what is really occurring and that maybe it is because you have mapped the system all backwards. VMware wants one button and the Mac already used that button for something else. Remember to always think of the simple things… is it plugged in… did you verify the IP addresses… DNS… are the keys mapped correctly? Cause more than likely… that is it. Thank you again East Coast I will always call you first.

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  1. #1 by Brian on May 5, 2014 - 12:21

    Thanks a million. Spent an hour trying to figure out what was going on.

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