Installing vSphere ESXi 5 Hypervisor from a USB Drive

  1. Download vSphere ESXi ISO from here:
  2. Download UNetbootin (Linux, Windows, Mac OS) or Rufus (Windows).
  3. Start UNetbootin and choose:
    • Diskimage
    • ISO
    • Select the downloaded ESXi ISO
    • Type: USB Drive
    • Drive: Select your USB drive
    • Select OK
  4. Boot your host off of this USB drive.


Calculate the MD5 hash (checksum) on Windows with winMd5Sum

winMd5Sum is a free, open source MD5 sum checker that allows you to check and compare the md5 sums of files.
winMd5Sum Portable makes it easy to verify that the files you download are unaltered. Simply drag and drop a file to the window and it will calculate the Md5 sum in seconds. You can even copy and paste the published md5 sum into the compare box to quickly compare it.
An MD5 sum is a cryptographic hash used to verify the integrity of files. So, when you download a file, you can check what the publisher says the MD5 sum is and compare it to the MD5 sum of the file you have. More about MD5..
Published by NullRiver Software. Download here:
Also, there is the free application WinMD5Free.
Also, Microsoft has created the File Checksum Integrity Verifier command-prompt utility that computes and verifies cryptographic hash values of files. Download it here:

RSSOwl was unable to create a browser for reading news

Unfortunately, I failed to solve this issue, but I got around it.
Initially I downloaded RSSOwl for Linux (64 Bit) from here: However, I would start to get the error message:
Error Creating Browser: RSSOwl was unable to create a browser for reading news. Please refer to the FAQ for further help. Click 'Ok' to open the FAQ now..
This issue is described in RSSOwl’s FAQ ( However, following those instructions did not resolve my problem. Ultimately I downloaed the Ubuntu 64-bit Debian package from here: Executing that installation of RSSOwl did have this problem.