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Booting ESXi 7 with iPXE

There don’t seem to be many up to date guides on how to do this, but when setting up iPXE to boot ESXi it’s hanging after booting from the UEFI kernel:

“`
https://website.com/iso/esxi700/efi/boot/bootx64.efi… ok
“`

It hangs here indefinitely at this point with no indication of what is going wrong. Anyone have this successfuly working with ESXi 7.0? Here are my boot.cfg and iPXE script:

boot.cfg:
“`
bootstate=0
title=Loading ESXi installer
timeout=5
prefix=https://website.com/iso/esxi700
kernel=b.b00
kernelopt=cdromBoot runweasel
modules=jumpstrt.gz — useropts.gz — features.gz — k.b00 — uc_intel.b00 — uc_amd.b00 — uc_hygon.b00 — procfs.b00 — vmx.v00 — vim.v00 — tpm.v00 — sb.v00 — s.v00 — bnxtnet.v00 — bnxtroce.v00 — brcmfcoe.v00 — brcmnvme.v00 — elxiscsi.v00 — elxnet.v00 — i40en.v00 — i40iwn.v00 — iavmd.v00 — igbn.v00 — iser.v00 — ixgben.v00 — lpfc.v00 — lpnic.v00 — lsi_mr3.v00 — lsi_msgp.v00 — lsi_msgp.v01 — lsi_msgp.v02 — mtip32xx.v00 — ne1000.v00 — nenic.v00 — nfnic.v00 — nhpsa.v00 — nmlx4_co.v00 — nmlx4_en.v00 — nmlx4_rd.v00 — nmlx5_co.v00 — nmlx5_rd.v00 — ntg3.v00 — nvme_pci.v00 — nvmerdma.v00 — nvmxnet3.v00 — nvmxnet3.v01 — pvscsi.v00 — qcnic.v00 — qedentv.v00 — qedrntv.v00 — qfle3.v00 — qfle3f.v00 — qfle3i.v00 — qflge.v00 — rste.v00 — sfvmk.v00 — smartpqi.v00 — vmkata.v00 — vmkfcoe.v00 — vmkusb.v00 — vmw_ahci.v00 — crx.v00 — elx_esx_.v00 — btldr.v00 — esx_dvfi.v00 — esx_ui.v00 — esxupdt.v00 — tpmesxup.v00 — weaselin.v00 — loadesx.v00 — lsuv2_hp.v00 — lsuv2_in.v00 — lsuv2_ls.v00 — lsuv2_nv.v00 — lsuv2_oe.v00 — lsuv2_oe.v01 — lsuv2_oe.v02 — lsuv2_sm.v00 — native_m.v00 — qlnative.v00 — vdfs.v00 — vmware_e.v00 — vsan.v00 — vsanheal.v00 — vsanmgmt.v00 — tools.t00 — xorg.v00 — imgdb.tgz — imgpayld.tgz
build=7.0.0-1.0.15843807
updated=0
“`

menu.ipxe
“`
:option_one
kernel https://website.com/iso/esxi700/efi/boot/bootx64.efi -c https://website.com/iso/esxi700/efi/boot/boot.cfg
boot
“`


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