Finally, I got ESXi to work on my IBM Lenovo T61 laptop. VMware doesn’t make it easy for unsupported hardware, but I found the file and site with the instruction on how to do it. Check out VM-HELP.
1. You will need to download the ESXi iso and register with them to get a free ESXi license.
2. Click here to download a newer version of the “OEM.TGZ” file.
* Make sure to rename it to “OEM.TGZ”
3. Download and Install “MagicISO” or any other application that allow you to change/edit ISO files.
4. Add/Replace the old “OEM.TGZ” from the ESXi iso with the one that you downloaded
5. Burn the newly created ESXi.iso to CD
6. Download a Linux Live CD – SLAX iso and burn it to a CD too
7. Now, boot the newly created ESXi.iso on the T61 laptop
8. This time you should be able to install the ESXi on the T61 laptop.
9. Once the installation is completed and ESXi needs to be rebooted, insert the LINUX live cd to the laptop instead. This is because we need to add/replace the “OEM.TGZ” to ESXi (This is the second partition of the HD).
10. I connected into my other machine to copy the new “OEM.TGZ” file.
11. Remove the LINUX Live CD and restart the laptop.
12. ESXi should be working now on the T61 laptop.
13. Use another computer and connect into the management IP address to download the VM VI client.