Intel NUC ESXi Hypervisor install walkthrough

The installation of the Intel NUC ESXi Hypervisor is very simple and straightforward. Ideally you would like to install the ESXi on supported Hardware for obvious compatibility reasons. In our case the Intel NUC 6i5SYH is not listed as a compatible one but the its components definitely are making this system a desirable Host. Moreover the low consumption energy can make the Intel NUC a good candidate for a 24×7 environment running into our home lab.

Also it is possible to either customise the standard ISO by injecting additional drivers or install these one at a later stage. For example this will be the approach I will be using when installing additional physical NICs by mean of USB Network Adapters. The Intel NUC just ships with 2 network cards: one wired and one wireless. VMware vSphere can only use the first one. So adding more network cards will give us the option to configure separate traffic types over different networks. More on this very topic on a specific article.

The installation takes just a few minutes and is wizard based.

domalab.com Intel NUC ESXi Hypervisor install

Let’s select the intended drive for the deployment. In this case I prefer to use a local drive to perform the Intel NUC ESXi Hypervisor install. Then connect the VMware vSphere Hypervisor to iSCSI Block Storage from the Synology NAS.

domalab.com Intel NUC ESXi Hypervisor disk

And now the correct keyboard layout.

domalab.com Intel NUC ESXi Hypervisor keyboard layout

At this point let’s choose the password for the root account. This of course can be changed later on as well.

domalab.com Intel NUC ESXi Hypervisor root password

And a final confirmation before committing.

domalab.com Intel NUC ESXi Hypervisor install confirm

As per screenshot below the installation progress is very quick.

domalab.com Intel NUC ESXi Hypervisor install progress

We are greeted with an excellent and relieving┬ámessage! Let’s remove the USB drive and reboot the Intel NUC ESXi Hypervisor Host.

domalab.com Intel NUC ESXi Hypervisor install complete

And we are now ready to get to the last part of this article series for the ESXi install first steps

Michele Domanico

Passionate about Virtualization, Storage, Data Availability and Software Defined Data Center technologies. The aim of Domalab.com is sharing with the Community the knowledge and experience gained with customers, industry leaders and like minded peers. Always open to constructive feedback and new challenges.

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