No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found

When I tried to run the VMWare ESXi installer from a USB stick (after creating the installer on a USB from the ISO), I got the following error:

SYSLINUX 3.85 2010-02-20 CBIOS Copyright (c) 1994-2010 H. Peter Anvin et al
No DEFAULT or UI configuration directive found!

The solution was pretty simple thanks to this post. I just needed to rename a couple files on the USB as follows:

  • isolinux.bin to syslinux.bin
  • isolinux.cfg to syslinux.cfg

It worked flawless. But if that does not work for you, you may try formatting the USB as FAT instead of FAT32.

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