VMware has published a patch for ESXi 5.0.
The update resolves 14 issues including the following:
Intel has begun to deliver their 5th Gen Broadwell NUCs. At the moment, only NUCs with i3 CPUs are available. NUCs with faster CPUs are available in the next few weeks. I could get my hands on the NUC5i3MYHE. That’s the version with a 2.5″ HDD slot and without integrated WLAN. This post quickly explains how to get ESXi running on the 5th Gen NUC. As known from 3th and 4th gen NUCs, it is not possible to use the ESXi Installer provided by VMware.
I’m confident that this guide will also work for i5 and i7 NUCs, as from what I’ve seen in the documentation they have identical controllers:
VMware changed the certification policy and decided that VCP-level certifications will now expire after 2 years. The deadline for first certificates to expire is March 10, 2015. For those that have not recertified yet:
VMware supports you on your recertification process and offers a Delta Recertification Exam with great advantages:
To simplify vMotion across CPU generations VMware has introduced Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC). EVC automatically configures server CPUs with Intel FlexMigration or AMD-V Extended Migration technologies to be compatible with older servers. In vSphere 6.0, the “Intel Haswell Generation” EVC mode has been introduced.
I’ve updated my Intel CPU EVC Matrix to reflect the latest changes:
Check if a remote host is online and reachable.
~ # ping 220.127.116.11 PING 18.104.22.168 (22.214.171.124): 56 data bytes 64 bytes from 126.96.36.199: icmp_seq=0 ttl=58 time=13.701 ms 64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: icmp_seq=1 ttl=58 time=10.176 ms 64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: icmp_seq=2 ttl=58 time=9.055 ms --- 220.127.116.11 ping statistics --- 3 packets transmitted, 3 packets received, 0% packet loss round-trip min/avg/max = 9.055/10.977/13.701 ms
Ping from a specific VMkernel adapter.
~ # ping -I vmk1 18.104.22.168 PING 22.214.171.124 (126.96.36.199): 56 data bytes 64 bytes from 188.8.131.52: icmp_seq=0 ttl=58 time=9.991 ms 64 bytes from 184.108.40.206: icmp_seq=1 ttl=58 time=9.270 ms
Beside NUCs and Mac minis there is another great barebone in the homelab market. Basic requirements for home server are a decent price, good performance and low power consumption. Gigabytes BRIX offers great performance and is small in size and power consumption and thus makes it a great candidate for running ESXi at home. To get started, first a look at the different models available at the moment.
BRIX: Basic Barebone, candidate for ESXi.
BRIX s: Identical to BRIX barebones but with 2.5″ HDD/SDD support. Slightly larger case and a good candidate for ESXi.
BRIX Pro: High performance BRIX with 2.5″ HDD/SDD support and quad-core CPU. These are the only systems with VT-d support and thus the best candidate for ESXi.
There is also a Brix Gaming series with GPU support and a BRIX Projector with an integrated projector. BRIX with AMD and Celeron CPUs are also available but these are not the best candidates for ESXi. I’m listing them here for completeness.
Intel NUCs are small, silent, transportable and have a very low power consumption, making it a great server for your homelab. On CES 2015 Intel officially presented their new Broadwell NUCs which will be available in a few weeks.
In vSphere 6.0 the vCenter Server Appliance (vCSA) has been changed a lot. Joining an Active Directory Domain is now included in the infrastructure node configuration which is part of the Platform Services Controller. Please note standard AD requirements like time synchronisation and naming. You can’t join an AD if you’ve set an IP address as name during the VCSA guided installer.