Intel NUC: Install the ESXi Hypervisor

The installation of the 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 is not listed as a compatible one but the its components definitely are making this system a desirable Host. 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 installation takes just a few minutes and is wizard based


Let’s select the intended drive for the deployment


and the correct keyboard layout


and now the password for the root account. This of course can be changed later on as well


and a final confirmation before committing


As per screenshot below the installation progress is very quick


excellent and relieving┬ámessage! Let’s remove the USB drive and reboot the ESXi Host


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 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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