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0008222Kali LinuxGeneral Bugpublic2024-06-14 15:14
Reporterjdironman Assigned To 
Status closedResolutionopen 
Product Version2023.1 
Summary0008222: Kali Purple ISO does not boot on VM in vSphere 7.0u2

The ISO when attached to the VM as a Datastore ISO does not boot in a new VM. I checked that the hash matched the Kali Linux Purple ISO on the vmware side and it did.

Steps To Reproduce

1.) Upload ISO to Datastore
2.) Create new virtual machine:

  • Selected Linux Other 5.x as Machine type
  • Left other settings unmodified except for changing the amount of RAM / CPU and Disk space to required settings.
  • Attached the ISO to the CDROM device on the virtual machine, set it as connected and for it to connect on VM startup.
    3.) Boot the VM and try to boot from ISO.
    4.) Bootable media undetected.
Additional Information

ESXi Full Version: (Updated) ESXi-7.0U1c-17325551-standard (VMware, Inc.)
Kali Linux Purple Checksum: SHA256sum 603f8c8da398b76405ed47c8decdb735760c6b946d5b2a82f1b159a1e3231666
VM Compatibility: ESXi 7.0 U2 and later
VM SCSI Controller: VMWare Paravirtual




2023-03-17 08:36

manager   ~0017680

Thanks for the report.

So I don't have any experience with VMware, and no access to any of these VMware sphere/ESXI things. I checked with the team, it seems that we don't test this scenario (we test VMware Workstation only). Therefore, I will need your help to troubleshot the issue.

Selected Linux Other 5.x as Machine type

I had a look at our doc for VMware Workstation 1, we usually recommend to set the Guest Operating System to "Debian 10.x 64-bit". I don't know what options you have for Machine Type, but ideally you'd go for Debian (or Ubuntu if Debian is not proposed), and select the latest version, 64-bit of course.

VM SCSI Controller: VMWare Paravirtual

For VMware Workstation, we usually set "LSI Logic".

VM Compatibility: ESXi 7.0 U2 and later

So here, I'd suggest to try the lowest compat.

Additionally, if you see anything related to Secure Boot, please disable it. Kali's bootloader and kernel are not signed, so if secure boot is enabled it won't boot.




2023-03-28 18:39

manager   ~0017705

Could you also please try with the newer 2023.1a Purple ISO we released and see if the issue still occurs?



2023-10-03 17:41

reporter   ~0018527

Hello Kali User,
I recommend you to try Virtual Box.



2024-06-14 15:14

administrator   ~0019400

This report has been filed against an old version of Kali. We will be closing this ticket due to inactivity.

Please could you see if you are able to replicate this issue with the latest version of Kali Linux (

If you are still facing the same problem, feel free to re-open the ticket. If you choose to do this, could you provide more information to the issue you are facing, and also give information about your setup?
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Issue History

Date Modified Username Field Change
2023-03-15 21:49 jdironman New Issue
2023-03-17 08:36 arnaudr Note Added: 0017680
2023-03-28 18:39 steev Note Added: 0017705
2023-10-03 17:41 oneman Note Added: 0018527
2024-06-14 15:14 g0tmi1k Note Added: 0019400
2024-06-14 15:14 g0tmi1k Status new => closed