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ESXi Install on 6th Generation i5 Intel NUC

Well that was actually pretty painless.  I was able to get ESXi 6 installed on the NUC with no need for a custom ESXi installation ISO.  I created the ISO using PowerCLI since I expected to have to go through multiple trial and error installs but it was not necessary. To create my ISO I used the following commands.

Add-EsxSoftwareDepot https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml

Get-EsxImageProfile -Name "ESXi-6.*" | Sort-Object "Name" -Descending | format-table -property Name,CreationTime

Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-20160104001-standard" -ExportToISO -filepath ESXi-6.0.0-20160104001-standard.iso

I then used Rufus to write the ISO to a USB flash drive and booted from that drive to install ESXi to my SanDisk Ultra Fit 16GB USB flash drive.  You can actually install back to the USB thumb drive you boot from since the ESXi installer caches all the files in memory but since I expected to have to go through multiple tests of the install I chose to use a separate drive.

I now have a working ESXi host running 6.0.0 Build 3380124 on my NUC.

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On to the next task. Deploying a vCenter Appliance.

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2 responses to “ESXi Install on 6th Generation i5 Intel NUC

  1. Simone Santi February 22, 2016 at 3:59 am

    are you using a M2 drive?

    • WishinIWasInMT February 22, 2016 at 5:03 am

      No, right now I’m booting from a USB thumb drive and using an SSD temporarily to run my VM’s. I’ll pull the SSD out when I buy my NAS and use it as an SSD cache in the NAS and just run ESXi on the thumb drive with no other internal storage. At least that’s the plan.

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