I have an old desktop computer here that I would like to use for my ‘home lab’. Its an old dual core with 4GB of RAM. Ok, I know this isn’t much but for some linux virtual machines this is enough.
I used PXE to boot the VMware ISO, went trough the first steps and then I got the error that my host only had 3.89GB of memory and a minimum of 4 was required.
So I started googling to see if it was possible to bypass this check and guess what:
Press alt+1 to go to the console. Use username root without a password to log in and execute these commands:
cp /usr/lib/vmware/weasel/util/update_precheck.py /usr/lib/vmware/weasel/util/update_precheck.py.old rm /usr/lib/vmware/weasel/util/update_precheck.py* vi /usr/lib/vmware/weasel/util/update_precheck.py.old
Type “/MEM_MIN” to jump to the rule that calculates the requirement. move over the “4” press “r” ( vi replace command ) and type in “2”. Now press “:wq” to save and exit.
cp /usr/lib/vmware/weasel/util/update_precheck.py.old /usr/lib/vmware/weasel/util/update_precheck.py ps -C | grep weasel kill -9 PID_OF_PROCESS
now press alt+2 and install ESXi.