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While rebuilding my home server based on ESXi 5.5 hypervisor, I needed to install the operating system. Because I don’t have an optical drive on the machine, I needed an easy way to run the ESXi installation process from – and to – the same USB flash drive. has a great writeup on how to do such a thing using Rufus. It was easy and painless, a pleasant surprise when dealing with ESXi!