ESXi 6.0 Image for Gigabyte BRIX

The ESXi 6.0 base image provided by VMware does not work with Gigabyte BRIX out of the box. This post explains how to create a customized ESXi 6 ISO for your Gigabyte BRIX. These images can be used to do a fresh install or upgrade a BRIX to VMware ESXi 6.0.brix-pro

The Image works for the following BRIX:

  • GB-BXi3-4010: Intel Core i3-4010U (2x 1.7GHz)
  • GB-BXi5-4200: Intel Core i5-4200U (2x 2.6GHz)
  • GB-BXi7-4500: Intel Core i7-4500U (2x 3.0GHz)
  • GB-BXi3H-4010: Intel Core i3-4010U (2x 1.7GHz)
  • GB-BXi5H-4200: Intel Core i5-4200U (2x 2.6GHz)
  • GB-BXi7H-4500: Intel Core i7-4500U (2x 3.0GHz)
  • GB-BXi5-4570R: Intel Core i5-4570R (4x 3.20 GHz)
  • GB-BXi7-4770R: Intel Core i7-4770R (4x 3.90 GHz)

Use one of the following guides to create a customized ISO

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


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 vmware.com. If you are not entitled to download PowerCLI, register for an evaluation.
  2. Download required packages (Place all files in C:\esx)
    - ESXi 6.0 Offline Bundle (VMware-ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-depot.zip)
    Sata-xahci Offline Bundle (Provided by v-front.de)
    Net55-r8168 Offline Bunde  (Provided by v-front.de)
  3. Open VMware vSphere PowerCLI
    vmware-vsphere-powercli
  4. Enter the following commands
    cd c:\esx\
    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot c:\esx\VMware-ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-depot.zip
    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot c:\esx\sata-xahci-1.28-1-offline_bundle.zip
    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot c:\esx\net55-r8168-8.039.01-napi-offline_bundle.zip
    New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-standard" -name "ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-BRIX" -Vendor "virten.net" -AcceptanceLevel "CommunitySupported"
    Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-BRIX" -SoftwarePackage "sata-xahci"
    Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-BRIX" -SoftwarePackage "Net55-r8168"
    Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-BRIX" -ExportToISO -filepath ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-BRIX.iso
    Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-BRIX" -ExportToBundle -filepath ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-BRIX.zip
  5. Use the ZIP file to upgrade ESXi or the ISO file to do a fresh install.


2. 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 vmware.com. If you are not entitled to download PowerCLI, register for an evaluation.
  2. Open VMware vSphere PowerCLI
    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.
    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot http://vibsdepot.v-front.de
    New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-standard" -name "ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-BRIX" -Vendor "virten.net" -AcceptanceLevel "CommunitySupported"
    Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-BRIX" -SoftwarePackage "Net55-r8168"
    Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-BRIX" -SoftwarePackage "sata-xahci"
    Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-BRIX" -ExportToISO -filepath ESXi-6.0.0-20150204001-BRIX.iso
    Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-BRIX" -ExportToBundle -filepath ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-BRIX.zip
  4. Use the ZIP file to upgrade ESXi or the ISO file to do a fresh install.

 

3. Create ISO with ESXi-Customizer (v-front.de)

  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 v-front.de)
    Net55-r8168 Offline Bunde  (Provided by v-front.de)
  3. Run ESXi-Customizer.cmd
  4. Select ESXi ISO and Sata-xahci package
    ESXi-Customizer-nuc-esxi6
  5. Press Run!
  6. Repeat Step 3 - 5 with the created custom ISO file and the net55-r8169 package.
  7. Install ESXi with the ISO created by ESXi-Customizer
    ESXi-Customizer-nuc-esxi6-done


  1. Thanks for this posting, the procedure works flawlessly for the GB-BXi7-4770R models and I have built two of them. Now I am looking to build a GB-BXi7-5500U and it stalls out initializing the storage stack. Any ideas ?

  2. Great Article! The fact that it only has 1 physical NIC means you have to be creative with the VM Networking especially if you are connecting to an ISCSI NAS. I accomplished this by creating a 2nd VMKernel and assigning a 2nd ip to it (on a different subnet) For example, your VMKernel for VM management may be 192.168.1.x and then your ISCSI VMKernel could be 192.168.2.x. Create your ISCSI software adapter and bind it to your ISCSI VMKernel. You will need a physical switch that is 802.1q compliant to configure VLAN's and tagging to segment your ISCSI traffic from your LAN traffic.

  3. Hello Steve,

    Did you manage to solve the initializing the storage stack issue on the GB-BXi&-5500U ?

  4. Does anyone know if these instructions are still true to the newest releases of Brix? (GB-BKi7A-7500/GB-BKi5A-7200/GB-BKi3A-7100)?

  5. Hi iam unable to install Vmaware in GB BX i7 4500 model brix.Did any one tried installing it and was successfull.

    It stops at initializing IOV .I tried the below solution but didnt work .

    Booting ESXi gets stuck at “Initializing iov”.

    Reboot, press Shift+O in the boot-loader
    Open a terminal.
    Move to the end of the line
    Type: noIOMMU. (Don’t delete anything, just add noIOMMU after it)
    Now the install will bypass not “Initialize iov”and you will be able to install/run ESXi

    Any advice please

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