Intel does not preconfigure SMBios information for their NUCs. When you install VMware ESXi, Manufacturer and Model information in the Summary tab are missing. Intel provides a tool for system integrators that allows customizing the BIOS.
The Intel Integrator Toolkit (ITK) is a UEFI command line tool that works with 5th 6th and 7th Gen Intel NUCs.
- Download the Intel Integrator Toolkit. The ITK is also included in the "BIOS and driver updates" page from your NUC.
- Unzip the contents of this download package. The file contains Intel's default splash screens, a User Guide and the ITK itself (ITK6.efi).
- Copy the ITK6.efi program to an FAT32-formatted USB drive.
- Connect the USB drive to the NUC and power it on.
- Press F2 during boot to enter BIOS Setup.
- Go to Advanced -> Boot -> Boot Configuration.
- In the Boot Devices pane, enable Internal UEFI Shell
- Press F10 to save and exit BIOS Setup.
- You should find yourself in the EFI Shell with a yellow prompt now.
- Enter fs0: to switch to the flash drive
Shell > fs0:
- Change System and Chassis information to match your NUC, in this Example I'm using an Intel NUC7i3BNH:
fs0:\> ITK6.efi –s –t system –f manufacturer –v Intel fs0:\> ITK6.efi –s –t system –f product -v NUC7i3BNH fs0:\> ITK6.efi –s –t chassis –f manufacturer –v Intel
- Verify your settings:
fs0:\> ITK6.efi -s -p Integrator Toolkit (ITK) v6.1.4 Copyright (c) Intel Corporation. All rights reserved. System Information: Manufacturer: Intel Product Name: NUC7i3BNH Version: Serial Number: SKU Number: Family: Chassis Information: Manufacturer: Intel Version: Serial Number: Asset Tag: Type: 1 OEM-specific Information: OEM String 1: OEM String 2: OEM String 3:
- Use exit to close UEFI Shell
- Disable Internal UEFI Shell in the BIOS.