ESXi 6.0 Image for Intel NUC

ESXi 6.0 requires a little tweak to run without problems on an Intel NUC. This post explains how to create a customized ESXi 6 ISO for your 4th and 5th gen. Intel NUC. The images can be used to do a fresh install or upgrade a NUC to VMware ESXi 6.0.esxi-on-5th-gen-NUC5i3MYHE

The Image works for the following NUCs:

  • Intel NUC D54250WYK
  • Intel NUC D34010WYK
  • Intel NUC D54250WYKH
  • Intel NUC D34010WYKH
  • Intel NUC5i7RYH
  • Intel NUC5i5RYH
  • Intel NUC5i5MYHE
  • Intel NUC5i5RYK
  • Intel NUC5i3RYH
  • Intel NUC5i3MYHE
  • Intel NUC5i3RYK

Use one of the following guides to create a customized ISO for Intel NUC

  1. Create ISO with PowerCLI from ESXi Offline Bundle
  2. Create ISO with ESXi-Customizer (
  3. Create ISO with PowerCLI from Online Depot

1. Create ISO with PowerCLI from ESXi Offline Bundle

  1. Download and install vSphere PowerCLI 6.0 to use the Image Builder. This requires an account at If you are not entitled to download PowerCLI, register for an evaluation.
  2. Download required packages (Place both files in C:\esx)
    ESXi 6.0 Offline Bundle (
    – Sata-xahci Offline Bundle (Provided by
  3. Open VMware vSphere PowerCLI
  4. Enter the following commands
    cd c:\esx\
    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot c:\esx\
    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot c:\esx\
    New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-standard" -name "ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-NUC" -Vendor "" -AcceptanceLevel "CommunitySupported"
    Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-NUC" -SoftwarePackage "sata-xahci"
    Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-NUC" -ExportToISO -filepath ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-NUC.iso
    Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-NUC" -ExportToBundle -filepath
  5. Use the the created files to install or upgrade your Intel NUC

2. Create ISO with ESXi-Customizer (

  1. Download and extraxt ESXi-Customizer
  2. Download required packages (Place both files in C:\esx)
    ESXi 6.0 ESXi ISO image (VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.0.0-2494585.x86_64.iso)
    – Sata-xahci Offline Bundle (Provided by
  3. Run ESXi-Customizer.cmd
  4. Select ESXi ISO and Sata-xahci package
  5. Press Run!
  6. Install ESXi on your NUC with the ISO mentioned in the message

3. Create ISO with PowerCLI from Online Depot

  1. Download and install vSphere PowerCLI 6.0 to use the Image Builder. This requires an account at If you are not entitled to download PowerCLI, register for an evaluation.
  2. Open VMware vSphere PowerCLI
  3. Enter the following commands. The Image Profile used is currently (April 2015) the latest available. Check my Image Profiles Page to get the latest profile.
    New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-standard" -name "ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-NUC" -Vendor "" -AcceptanceLevel "CommunitySupported"
    Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-NUC" -SoftwarePackage "sata-xahci"
    Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-NUC" -ExportToISO -filepath ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-NUC.iso
    Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-NUC" -ExportToBundle -filepath
  4. Use the the created files to install or upgrade your Intel NUC


Leave a comment ?


  1. Thanks four your great Tuts.
    i tried to create my own image with the ESXi Customiser and it did not work, because there was an exception thrown, that it does only work with Version 4.X or 5.X.
    I made a clean reinstall and installed the sata driver from the depot and now it works. But not fine! And here is my question to you:
    The Performance on my Nuc i5 is pretty poor. Every access to my storage is VERY VERY slow. Is this a NUC-Driver problem or a ESXi 6 problem?

    • Which NUC do you have problems with, and is the storage SSD, or HDD? I haven’d done a performance test yet but performance is okay.

    • What kind of drive is it?

      • It’s a Raidsonic Case with two 320GB 2,5″ Disks linked up via SATA. There is a Oxford Raid1 Chip inside. This Case doesn’t need any driver and is recognised as normal 2,5″ HDD in ESXi.

  2. Any news on PCI/GPU passthrough for 4th gen i5 NUC? Did not get this working with previous versions but would make for a brilliant machine if it did.

  3. Have you tried running 32Gb Ram in any of the Broadwell Intel NUCs? See below URL

  4. Hi, Its a great tut.
    I`f got it running, Thanks for that.

    I`m in the last step of building my home-lab (for a Cisco course).
    Connecting via serial (telnet://x.x.x.x:9001) to one of the VMs. I noticed that with the current license that is not possible, it has been blocked.

    Is there a other way to connect to the Cisco Lab to the console. I`f been looking around but nothing that could help me connecting to one of the VMs.

    I hope someone can help me or have the same problem.

    Thanks in advanced


  5. Hi,
    Excellent tutorial, worked for me.

    I have a question about the Wi-Fi NIC, ESXi 6 does not see it in my build, is there any way to get the VM’s to have access to the Wi-Fi?


  6. Jake McCalister


    Thank you for writing this up!

    Quick question: in 5.5 we needed to add the e1000e drivers to the package, I notice in 6.0 there is no need to do that? Can you please confirm that we don’t need to.

    Thank you.

    P.S. I’m using the NUC5i7RYH.

    Jake McCalister

    • Yes, you don’t need the package. The driver (and the correct PCI ID to driver mapping) is included in the ESXi 6.0 base image.

  7. I was able to get ESXi 6.0 installed, although when I try and add the host to vCenter it fails. I deployed a vCenter Appliance onto the host… I’m going to set up a small cluster with NFS shared storage on some nuc5i5ryh boxes.

    Looks like the problem comes from the BIOS data returned to esxcfg-info…

    esxcfg-info |more
    +Host :
    \==+Hardware Info :
    |—-BIOS UUID…………………………………………
    |—-Product Name………………………………………▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒
    |—-Vendor Name……………………………………….▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒
    |—-Serial Number……………………………………..▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒▒

    Were you able to get them connected to vCenter?

    • Oh the vCenter error says the parser fails on invalid vendor string… so yeah.

    • There is a solution for that. See this post.

      • On NUC5i5MYHE, BIOS v0024 fixes this problem. But it also breaks VT-d, ESXi hangs on boot at “Initializing IOV …”

        To bypass, either disable VT-d in BIOS or apply ESXi boot parameter noIOMMU.

        Or, downgrade BIOS back to v0022.

  8. Someone has ESXi ISO image 6.0.0b Build 2809209 ?
    or just customized iso for Nuc ? :)

  9. I’ve created 6.0.0b bootable usb and i’ve run esx install on my nuc with ssd 500gb samsung
    The strange thing is that esx was installed on usb key instead internal ssd !
    What’s wrong ? :)

  10. Has anybody had an issue with connecting to your ESXi Sever via VMWare Fusion?
    I build the ESXi install with both the HDD and NIC drivers on windows using the powershell script. I just get a “Loading” message when trying to connect.

    I was able to connect to my 4th Gen i5 running ESXi 6.0 on the same network and machine. Would anybody know of an issue with installation/drivers that would prevent my VMWare Fusion from connecting to the server to manage VM’s and view Memory and CPU Using?

    FYI: I am able to connecting using the Legacy C++ application on windows


    Nuc i7 – 5th GEN – ESXi 6

  11. Am trying to get ESXi 6 working on the 5th Generation Celeron NUC5CPYH. CPU is a Celeron N3050 and NIC is a realtek 8169 (or 8168?).

    I’ve tried adding the net55-r8168 and net51-r8169 offline bundles, adding ignoreHeadless=TRUE to the boot options, and various sizes for the IGP graphics memory in BIOS, enable & disable ACPI in BIOS, flashed latest BIOS, but it always hangs at “Relocating Modules and starting up the kernel”

    Has anyone managed to get ESXi (any version) working on NUC5CPYH or NUC5PPYH ?

    • Same issue here. It would be a great machine for esxi.
      Hope that sameone has succes on this type and let us know it.

    • SUCCESS with the Celeron NUC5CPYH & ESXi 5.5U3a & ESXi 6.0U1a !!!
      Created ISO using “Create ISO with ESXi-Customizer (” method above, to include the net55 driver for the Realtek NIC.
      Then used VMware workstation to install the ISO onto a USB flash drive.

      Updated NUC BIOS Firmware to latest version 0047.

      Loaded BIOS defaults after updating BIOS.

      Boot ESXi from USB Flash drive inserted into one of the USB3 ports

      The trick is that when it looks like its frozen during startup and says “Relocating Modules and starting up the kernel” it is actually still booting correctly in the background but the ESXi direct console user interface (DCUI)is not displayed on the monitor. I think this is a display card issue that when ESXi starts the kernel & switches display resolution/frequency, the NUC display hardware refuses to display it.

      If ethernet cable is connected and you have a DHCP server available, it will obtain a DHCP IP, and you’ll be able to connect vSphere Client to it.

      The next issue is that the Sata-xahci Offline Bundle DOES NOT include the right PCI ID for the SATA hardware in this NUC (8086:22a3), so I used this script from an SSH session to fix that;

      cd /tmp
      mkdir ahci
      cd ahci
      vmtar -x /bootbank/sata_ahc.v00 -o sata_ahc.tar
      tar xvf sata_ahc.tar
      rm sata_ahc.tar
      echo “regtype=linux,bus=pci,id=8086:22a3 0000:0000,driver=ahci,class=storage” >> etc/vmware/
      tar cvf sata_ahc.tar etc usr
      vmtar -c sata_ahc.tar -o sata_ahc.vgz
      mv sata_ahc.vgz /bootbank/sata_ahc.v00

      Now I can see the local SATA drive, and NIC, and I have a working ESXi 6.0U1a host!!

      • Have NUC5PPYH booted custom ISO with net55-r8168 & sata drivers. Error message: “Relocating Modules and starting up te kernel”. Network is up and has address from DHCP (can ping from other systems). Trying to connect to it using vSphere Client, but getting errors only. Any suggestions please?

      • Hi Matt,

        I tried it in a different way, it’s a bit easyer to do.

        You need :
        ESXi 6.0 ISO (VMware-VMvisor-Installer-201601001-3380124.x86_64.iso)
        NIC Driver (
        SATA Driver (

        First, Use the ESXi-Customizer and add first
        Rerun the ESXi-Customizer and now add

        Next, use Rufus ( to save the just created Custom Build ESXI ISO to the USB Disk.
        Now we make the ks.cfg, make a new text file called ks.cfg and add the following.

        rootpw mypassword
        Installeer –Firstdisk = Lokaal –Overwritevmfs
        Network –bootproto = dhcp –device = vmnic0
        Pasento bericht –interpreter = python –Ignorefailure = True
        Import Time
        zegelbestand = Open ( ‘/ Finished.Stamp’, Mode = ‘w’)
        StampFile.Write ( Time.Asctime () )

        Save it on the root of the USB Drive.

        Then, this is VERY important, the disk in the NUC must be completely empty! no partitions at all!

        Now insert the USB Drive in the NUC and boot from it, as soon as you see the ESXi Installer screen hit the “SHIFT+O”
        you should now see a prompt “runweasel”
        Add this, “ks=usb:/ks.cfg” (without the “”). So it should look like this “runweasel ks=usb:/ks.cfg”
        Now hit the Enter on your keyboard and leave it running for like 10 minutes or so.
        It might look it’s stuck again at the Relocating Modules and starting up the kernel, but it is NOT, it is using the ks.cfg as a install-script.
        After a while the NUC will reboot, and you have a working ESXi Server, you only have to find out it’s IP Address and you can connect to it using your VMware vSphere Client with username “root” and password “mypassword”

        • Thanks Mark, I think the problem is with my hard disk, it’s partitioned already running an OS. I will remove the partitions and will try again, by the by, can you explain the following code:

          Pasento bericht –interpreter = python –Ignorefailure = True
          Import Time
          zegelbestand = Open ( ‘/ Finished.Stamp’, Mode = ‘w’)
          StampFile.Write ( Time.Asctime () )

          Is this in german? Will it accept this? Just wanted to confirm.

          Thanks again.
          Have a great day.

          • Crap.. The Google Chrome translation translated when i didn’t need it… sorry..

            This is the CORRECT ks.cfg

            rootpw mypassword
            install –firstdisk=local –overwritevmfs
            network –bootproto=dhcp –device=vmnic0
            %post –interpreter=python –ignorefailure=true
            import time
            stampFile = open(‘/finished.stamp’, mode=’w’)
            stampFile.write( time.asctime() )

          • Mark,

            Followed exactly as you have mentioned but it’s just getting stuck at “Relocating Modules and starting up the kernel”. It’s not rebooting or getting any mac from the DHCP server. Moreover I don’t see any HDD or USB activity, if any data transfer happens between the usb and NUC I will be able to see USB light blinking, but that is not happening in this case. Any other idea? I have removed all the partitions from hard disk. Did you try this on the NUC hardware or on VMware workstation? I am trying to install this one more time and will keep it running till tomorrow morning. If I don’t get an IP address for the NUC, I will consider that it didn’t work.

            Thanks for your help.
            Bobby Thomas

          • Hi Bobby,

            I tried this on a actual NUC5CPYH, and it worked right away after I removed the partitions on my SSD.

          • Thanks for the update Mark,

            I tried installing esxi on my laptop using ks.cfg but I am seeing the following error/warning messages and then the installation fails.

            Warning messages:
            The following warnings were encountered while parsing the installation script

            warning:tmp/ks.cfg:line 3: script file contains a non-ASCII character
            warning:tmp/ks.cfg:line 4: script file contains a non-ASCII character
            warning:tmp/ks.cfg:line 6: script file contains a non-ASCII character
            warning:tmp/ks.cfg:line 3: script file contains a non-ASCII character
            warning:tmp/ks.cfg:line 4: script file contains a non-ASCII character
            warning:tmp/ks.cfg:line 6: script file contains a non-ASCII character

            Error Message:

            An error has occurred while parsing the installation script

            error:/tmp/ks.cfg:line 3: install requires –disk or –firstdisk
            (Installation fails after this error)

            I believe we need to revise that ks.cfg, it’s not interpreted properly.

          • Hi Bobby,

            I figured out what the problem is, apparently the forum software here changes — (2 dashes) to 1 large dash.
            I’ve put the ks.cfg from my working USB stick on pastebin.
            you can find it here

            Hope it works now.

          • Thanks Mark, I will test this when I reach home and will let you know.

            Thanks again.
            Bobby Thomas

          • Hi Bobby,

            Did you manage to get it working?

          • Hi Mark,

            Sorry I am currently out of state and couldn’t test it, I will update the status on Monday as I will be back home by then.

            Thanks Mark,
            Bobby Thomas

          • Hi Mark,

            I tried with the new KS script but still no luck. I don’t see any hard disk or USB activity after Relocating modules message. It doesn’t restart even after waiting for a while. More over I have statically (sticky) assigned ip (via DHCP) for the NUC mac address but no luck. I am using a SATA hard disk. Do we need to make any changes in the BIOS setting? Is there a way to see the console messages? Can you share your ISO image so that I can try with that aswell?

            Thanks again Mark,
            Bobby Thomas.

        • Thanks for this! Just picked up a NUC5CPYH to start my small test lab, I’ll be running through all this tomorrow hopefully.

          • Thanks Mark and James, I moved out from installing ESXI as things were getting too much complicated and testing is not reaching anywhere. So I finally managed to install Proxmox (an opensource alternative) on my NUC and installation was so easy. Moreover there is no need to patch drivers as it’s based on the latest Debian release and almost all the drivers comes pre installed.

            Managing the VMs are also now easy as we don’t need any separate client for host management.

            Wish you all good luck in virtualizing your NUC.

            Bobby Thomas.

    • the same problems. you fixed your esxi whith NUC celeron?


      • Celeron NUC5CPYH. CPU is a Celeron N305 my NUC anda the error its a tipical “Relocating modules and starting up kernel”

        with the web iso the same error


        • I success with ESXi 6.0u1b on Celeron NUC5CPYH.
          Create iso image with and (this bundle includes 8086:22a3) by ESXi-Customizer.
          And flash iso image to a USB flash drive, put the following text saved as ks.cfg in the root directory of the same USB flash drive.

          rootpw mypassword
          install –firstdisk=local –overwritevmfs
          network –bootproto=dhcp –device=vmnic0

          Boot ESXi from the USB flash drive, and press Shift+O during startup. Append the following boot option and press Enter.


          “Relocating Modules and starting up kernel”is still shown, but install is continued (Check HDD access lamp). When install finish, reboot automatically.
          Wait to complete reboot, and connect by vSphere client to the IP address by DHCP with the following account.
          (If you want to use fixed address, change the args of ‘network’ in ks.cfg)

          user: root
          pass: mypassword

          • My ks.cfg is not shown correctly. Please see the following.

            rootpw mypassword
            install --firstdisk=local --overwritevmfs
            network --bootproto=dhcp --device=vmnic0

          • Thanks

            You put me the iso correct on any place for download please?


          • please my email is, it posible share with my your correct ISO for nuc celeron please, my idea its run on SDCAR.

            thanks and regards dalance

          • Tried this but not installing, still getting stuck at “Relocating Modules and starting up kernel” and nothing happens. Hard disk light doesnt lit up, think it’s idle. I tried with 2nd method mentioned in this “how to” by creating ISO’s twice (to add the VIBs). I am on the latest UEFI BIOS firmware. LAN is not getting any IP address from DHCP server. Any help? Can you share your ISO somewhere? Thanks in advance.

          • I managed to get it installed to the local disk, but it’s still stuck at “Relocating modules and starting up the kernel..” during boot up. I don’t see it getting IP from DHCP either, any ideas what else to try?

      • I managed to get it working on the NUC5CPYH!!
        My process:

        1) I Built a USB installer stick following the ESXi-Customizer method with both the NIC and SATA offline zips
        2) Boot the USB stick on another machine (I booted it on a VM) so that it doesn’t get stuck on the “Relocating modules”
        3) Install to the USB stick itself (You can do this since the installer files are all in memory)
        4) Setup the IP and everything else you need now you can see the screen :)
        5) Shutdown and boot it on the NUC5CPYH
        6) It will still be stuck on the “Relocating modules and starting up kernel” (I don’t think there is any way to solve that issue) but for me after a few min everything was working and I could connect via vsphere :)

        • Hi James,

          Glad that you got it working, but how can you move the installation the hard disk after installing it on USB?
          Since this was taking up time and nothing goes in the right direction I was thinking about installing Proxmox (opensource vmware alternative). Please let me know if you manage to install that on hard disk. By the by I am having a 5PPYH NUC.

          Bobby Thomas.

  12. tried using this to patch it to run on a asrock n3150m based system (celeron n3150) and no dice. hangs on the “Relocating modules and starting up the kernel”. trying to load it to a 128gb kingston ssd

  13. How to: Setup ESXi 6.0 | - pingback on October 22, 2015 at 10:42 pm
  14. Hi all,

    Just bought a NUC5i3RYH with a 120 GB Samsung SSD 850 Evo M.2.

    I’ve installed ESXi 6.0 following the steps (installed it from a USB into another USB drive). Created a customized ISO with customizer, adding sata-xahci-1.10-1.x86_64.vib.

    When it boots the installer, I can see the M.2 drive listed and I’m asked where I want to install it.

    After I select to install on the USB drive, it installs and I can boot it. After connecting with vSphere I cannot see the M.2 drive under Configuration > Storage.

    How to make it visible?

    P.S: I’ve seen “Temporarily disable AHCI in the BIOS” before installing ESXi, in some other site. I’changed the mode from AHCI to RAID, is it what is needed?



  15. I’ve create the files as per the instructions…how do I use them to install esxi 6.0 on my NUC? Are the ISO and ZIP files the same thing or do I need both for the install?

  16. On the VMware site version 6.0U1A is available, is that going to work?

    Hope to hear from you, great tutorial!

  17. Yes ESXi 6.0U1A is working on NUC5i7RYH. Used three NUC’s with VSAN. No issues

  18. Intel NUC Super Server | OSINFO - pingback on November 19, 2015 at 7:08 am
  19. thanks for the writeup.

    I had my NUC up and running and all my VMs migrated over to this in less than 2 hours.

  20. I plan to install ESXi 6.0U1A on my NUC5i5RYH.
    I’ve downloaded the trial image VMware-VMvisor-Installer-6.0.0.update01-3029758.x86_64.iso. I wonder what the trial mode do ? Will my ESXi still working after the 60 days of trial period ? Is there a way to remove this trial period ?


    • After 60 days you can’t power on virtual machines anymore (Running VMs are not stopped). To use it longer than 60 days you have to obtain a license. For a single ESXi host (without vCenter) you can obtain a free license. How to obtain a free license is explained here:

      • Thank you for the quick answer, I figure out where to find the license key (with a special URL). I don’t why it didn’t appears before.
        I made the custom ISO and burn it (using dd command) to an USB key. On the NUC I tried to boot on this USB Key but it didn’t work. The NUC try to boot from network.
        When I mount the USB drive, i find the boot file (/EFI/BOOT/BOOTX64.EFI).
        Is there anything special to do on the NUC to boot to the key ?


  21. I am getting a pink screen with error “could not mount /dev/”
    What can be the problem?

    • Do you get this message during installation? If yes there should be a better error message in logfiles. Press Alt-F1, login with root (no password) and check the log (/var/log/vmkernel.log for example).

  22. I made custom ESXi 6.0u1 iso whih included.
    I can install it in VM Ware fusion and run it from USB stick on my NUC without any issue.
    But when I burn the iso on my usb stick (using dd if=..iso of=/dev/disk bs=1m) and tried to boot from it (with EFI boot enabled or disabled) but it doesn’t work at all. Seem’s like the usb key is not bootable.
    Anyone can help ?


    • From my understanding you can’t dd the iso directely to an USB flash drive. Creating a bootable usb drive requires more steps, as explained here:
      If you have a Windows PC you can try to use Rufus. It’s very easy to create bootable flash drives of any type with rufus. (

      • Thank you very much for your reply and your help.
        I am on a Mac but I’m to going to try with Rufus on a Windows VM.

        In addition, I’m wondering what is better between :
        – Installing ESXi on internal m2 SSD (64Go – Transcend 370s)
        – Installing ESXi on a USB 3.0 Key (Sandisk Extreme) with SSD as a Datastore
        Any suggest ?


        • Depends on what you want to do with your NUC. I am always installing ESXi to an USB stick. This allows me to quickly change versions (multiple sticks) or play around with products like Pernixdata or VSAN. When you want to use it as home server only its OK to install it to the SSD (it uses the remaining capacity as VMFS datastore). When you want to test stuff I think the USB flash drive installation is better.

          • I tried with rufus and it works, it seems that the ISO contain an old menu.c32. Thank you again.
            Can you change ESXi version and keep datastore and VM ? Moreover need the usb stick to have good write speed (sandisk extreme) ? Or a basic 16GB stick with 10MB/s at write and 80MB/s at read is enough ?

            Thanks for your help,

          • Datastores and VMs are persistent when you change ESXi versions. This applies to both, when you Update/Downgrade an ESXi, or when you reinstall it (Or change the USB drive where it is installed to). The only exception is when you have a newer VM Hardware version than your ESXi supports (Eg. you create a VM with Virtual HW 11. This VM can only run with ESXi 6.0).
            A basic USB stick is enough. (I’m also using crappy old 4GB sticks. – Homelab use only of course, not in production) ESXi runs completely in memory (The hypervisor size is only ~300 MB). According to speed, the only affected part is when the ESXi boots, but you won’t notice a large difference there.

          • Thanks for all your explanations. I choose using a USB stick for ESXI installation. This works like a charm.
            I have a last question concerning plugging an USB drive to a guest OS (debian 8). When I want to add an USB controller I add a weird warning : “This controller is not supported for this guest operating system”. But when I connect the USB device, everything works (maybe not at full speed, I write nearly at 30MiB/s). What is the best way to add an external USB 3.0 drive connected to a guest OS ?

            Thanks for your help,

          • There is only one way to add the USB device to a virtual machine, with passthrough like you’ve mentioned. You have to add the xHCI Controller to a virtual machine and connect the device. If you have trouble with USB3.0, there might be a solution here:

  23. Hi,
    having the NUC5i3RYH and on installation I get the error “No Network Adapters”. I just tried the latest version and 2494585 and I also added the Intel driver by typing:

    Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile “ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-NUC” -SoftwarePackage “net-e1000e”


    Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile “ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-NUC” -SoftwarePackage “net-igb”

    But with the same result. What can I do?

  24. Hi,
    having the NUC5i3RYH and tried to install ESXi 6.0. But it hangs on “No Network Adapters”. I tried to load the net-e1000e but no chance.

    My NUC has the latest firmware 3.50.

    Is there anybody who can help?

    • The ESXi6 image should work out of the box with 5th gen NUCs. Can you please verify that the NIC device itself has been detected:

      When the “No Network Adapters” message appers, press [Alt] [F1] and login as “root” without a password. Then enter the following command and post the output here:

      lspci -v | grep "Class 0200" -B 1

      The output should look like this:

      ~ # lspci -v | grep “Class 0200” -B 1
      0000:00:19.0 Ethernet controller Network controller: Intel Corporation Ethernet Connection (3) I218-LM [vmnic0]
      Class 0200: 8086:15a2

  25. Great tutorial, building the ISO with this information was a breeze. Am planning to get a NUC6i5 when it releases, to replace an older router/firewall (watchguard) by virtualised pfsense. Been playing with a NIC5i3 in the mean time.

    I would love it if it could also replace the HTPC at the same time, from what I’ve read it should be possible, but I haven’t found much information on the topic, I don’t think it’s something that will work out of the box.

    Has any1 got an idea on how to get GPU passthrough (intel gvt) to work? I’m able to see the video and audio device in advanced hardware settings as:
    – 0000:00:02.0 Intel corp VGA compatible controller
    – 0000:00:03.0 Intel corp Audio device

    At the bottom of this screen it states “The device is running in passthrough mode”. But I have no idea how I can assign this to a VM.

  26. What happens now is when the PCI devices (audio and/or video) are connected to the VM (Win 8/10 x64 client) is that the ESXi installation on the NUC (currently 5i3RYH) freezes completely and requires a hard shutdown.

    I’ve tried several things to get this fixed but nothing so far…

  27. Great tutorial. This worked really well for me. The only issue I have is that I can no longer access the bios on the nuc. Is this normal after installing ESXi ?

    I don’t have a need to go in there right now, but worries me not having the option. Thoughts?

  28. Thinking in implementing NUC5i7RYH as ESXi for small companies, anyone recommending this for a production environments(non-lab)?

  29. Hi Master.

    Is it possible to install ESXi 6.0.x Intel Nuc NUC5PPYH you just purchased?
    Of course I’ve tried everything … :)

    Thank you.

  30. Thanks.
    I do not get it. I chose Ubuntu + KVM


  31. Installing ESXi on Intel Gen 4 NUC | VSplit - My Split Life - pingback on January 7, 2016 at 5:08 pm
  32. How do we get I cannot download it without giving VMWare $$$?

    Is there a way to do this for free?

  33. So cool!!! It worked!!

  34. I am running ESXi 6.0 on a NUC. It has been running very well except that I have noticed that the fan keeps cycling every 60 seconds. It will run for about 5-10 seconds, then either turn off or idle down, then 60 seconds later it cycles to high speed. I have checked, it does not look like a temperature issue. I am currently running only 4 VM’s, 3 CentOS servers and one Linux workstation.

    Any ideas?

  35. Spike » Latest VMWare ESXi 6 on Intel Nuc - pingback on April 30, 2016 at 8:52 pm
  36. Method number 2 worked for me. Luckily the ESXi-Customizer is still available. It is unsupported and tells you to use the Power-Cli tool instead. It did however work. I could not get the Power-Cli tool to work, it would not take the “Add-EsxSoftwareDepot” command. Probably something missing on my end when I installed powershell3 or something.
    I am running the NUC NUC5i7RYH, and was able to get the esx installer to see the Sata drive, flash drive, and USB. I used the latest package from the Eval Download page.

  37. I’ve installed Esx 6 on my NUC5i7RYH without problem following this guide !
    Today after 4 month working fine, causing unexpeted reboot i’ve this message on screen “No compatible network adapter found. Please… etc etc”

    Someone can help me ?

  38. I was able to install everything without any problem. However, on a Windows X VM, the maximum screen resolution is 1280×800. Do you know how can I fix this issue?

  39. What is the power consumption of the NUC5PPYH with ESX 6?

  40. I’ve been slowly getting into the ESXi realm in fits and starts for the last year. This article was a huge benefit for me when I first setup my NUC5i5MYHE. I’m looking into updating to the latest release. Is it best practice to generate a new install ISO and update that way, or can I upload the latest patch and update via this manner:

    Or does this break the AHCI customization?

    (If this is a stupid question, feel free to tell me. ;) )

  41. Hi what’s tour advice to install ESXI 6 on a 3rd gen i3 (Nuc3217iye) ? What drivers packages ?

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