VMware Homeserver - ESXi on 7th Gen Intel NUC (Kaby Lake)

Intel's 7th Gen NUC is currently rolled out and after a resolved issue with the NIC driver, it's time to take a look at their capabilities as homeserver running VMware ESXi. NUCs are not officially supported by VMware but they are very widespread in many homlabs or test environments. They are small, silent, transportable and have a very low power consumption, making it a great server for your homelab. I've posted a preview of the new models about 2 months ago. Gen7 NUCs are available with i3, i5 and i7 CPU.

Features

  • 7th Gen Intel Kaby Lake CPU
  • Up to 32GB of DDR4 SODIMM memory
  • Available with and without 2.5″ HDD slot
  • M.2 slot for PCIe or X4 Gen 3 NVMe
  • External Micro SDXC Slot
  • Intel I219-V Gigabit  Network Adapter
  • Thunderbolt 3 Port (USB-C)
  • Intel Optane Memory Ready

The Kit is shipped with:

  • Chassis (115x111x51mm)
  • System board
  • Processor (soldered)
  • Power adapter for different countries
  • Power cord
  • VESA bracket

To get an ESXi Host installed you additionally need:

  • Memory (1.2V DDR4-2133 SODIMM)
  • M.2 SSD (22×42 or 22×80), 2.5″ HDD or USB-Stick

Model comparison

Model (2.5") NUC7i7BNH NUC7i5BNH NUC7i3BNH
no 2.5" Slot - NUC7i5BNK NUC7i3BNK
Architecture Kaby Lake (14 nm)
CPU Intel Core i7-7567U Intel Core i5-7260U Intel Core i3-7100U
Base Frequency 3.5 GHz 2.2 GHz 2.4 GHz
Max Frequency 4.0 GHz 3.4 GHz 2.4 GHz
Cores 2 (4 Threads)
TDP 28 W 15 W 15 W
TDP-down 23 W 9.5 W 7.5 W
Memory Type 2x 260-pin 1.2 V DDR4 2133 MHz SO-DIMM
Max Memory 32 GB
USB Ports 2x USB 3.0 (front panel)
2x USB 3.0 (back panel)
2x USB 2.0 (internal header)
Thunderbolt 3 Port (40Gbps) Yes Yes No
USB 3.1 Gen 2 Port (10Gbps) Yes Yes Yes
Storage M.2 22x42/80 slot for SATA3 or PCIe X4 Gen3 NVMe OR AHCI SSD
SATA3 2.5" HDD/SDD
SDXC Slot
LAN Intel I219-V Gigabit LAN
Intel VT-x Yes
Intel vPro No
Available March 2017 March 2017 February 2017
Price 490$ $400 $290


HCL and VMware ESXi Support

The NUC is not supported by VMware and not listed in the HCL. Some components were accidentally listed a few weeks ago but their listing has been removed. Not supported means that you can't open an SR with VMware when you have a problem. It does not state that the device won't work.

ESXi runs out of the box starting with the following releases:

  • ESXi 6.0 Update 3 (Build 5050593) released in February 2017
  • ESXi 6.5: Currently there is no release that works out of the box because there is a problem with the network driver. Refer to the installation section for installation instructions.

To clarify, the system is not supported by VMware, so do not use this system in a productive environment. I can not guarantee that it will work stable. As a home lab or a small home server it should be fine.

Network (Intel I219-V) - "No Network Adapters" Error
The network adapter does not work out of the box with any ESXi version, release prior to 2017-02-24. Currently, only ESXi 6.0 U3, which is bundled with the net-e1000e driver version 2.2.1-2vmw.600.3.57.5050593, works out of the box.

Intel Corporation Ethernet Connection (4) I219-V
Class 0200: 8086:15d8

 

Storage (AHCI and NVMe)
The AHCI driver for previous NUC versions was always available, but unsupported controllers were not correctly mapped to the driver. Therefore it was required to use the additional sata-xahci package by Andreas Peetz (v-front.de). This workaround is no longer required. ESXi should detect all devices connected with AHCI or NVMe.

There is a well-known problem with NUCs running ESXi 6.5 and the native AHCI driver. If you notice bad performance (esxtop displays write latency over > 1000ms) disable vmw_ahci and reboot the box:

# esxcli system module set --enabled=false --module="vmw_ahci"

SD Card
7th Gen NUCs are equipped with a Micro SDXC Slot. Unfortunately, there is no driver available for ESXi at the moment so it's not possible to use the SD Card slot.

Tested ESXi Versions

  • VMware ESXi 5.5
  • VMware ESXi 6.0
  • VMware ESXi 6.5

Delivery and assembly

The Box contains a short description how to open and assemble the components. The system is a little bit heavier than it looks and has a high build quality. The upside is very scratch-sensitive, so be careful with it.

The installation is very simple. Remove 4 screws on the bottom and remove the lid and the 2.5" drive holder. The assembly takes about 5 Minutes to open the NUC, install memory, NVMe SSD module and a 2.5" drive.  If you are familiar with previous NUCs, you might notice that the 2.5" holder is no longer the lid itself.

Installation

ESXi 6.0
No customization is required to install the latest ESXi 6.0 versions on 7th Gen NUCs. You can use the image provided by VMware to Install ESXi:

ESXi 6.5

[Update May 2017: I've replaced the PowerCLI Image creation because of a change in ESXi 6.5 Build 5146846]

If you try to install any version of ESXi 6.5, the installer first seems to stuck for about 2 minutes at "nfs4client failed to load" and then fails with a "No Network Adapters" error. The error is caused by a problem with the network driver. While the problem has already been identified and there was a new driver in Build 5146846 (Released 2017-03-14), the installer still fails.

It seems that the problem has been tried to fix in ESXi 6.5 ne1000 0.8.0-11vmw.650.0.14.5146846, which is the new native driver only used in ESXi 6.5. The net-e1000e driver version 2.2.1-2vmw.600.3.57.5050593 which was used in ESXi 6.0U3 has not made it into the official ESXi 6.5 bundle.

To create a working ESXi 6.5 installer, just remove the ne1000 package from the official bundle and add the newer net-e1000e package:

  1. Get the latest version of PowerCLI
  2. Create a customized ESXi 6.5 ISO

    ESXi 6.5 U1 (2017-07-27)

    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
    New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile "ESXi-6.5.0-20170702001-standard" -name "ESXi-6.5.0-20170702001-NUC7" -Vendor "virten.net"
    Remove-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.5.0-20170702001-NUC7" -SoftwarePackage "net-e1000e"
    Remove-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.5.0-20170702001-NUC7" -SoftwarePackage "ne1000"
    Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.5.0-20170702001-NUC7" -SoftwarePackage "net-e1000e 3.2.2.1-2vmw.600.3.57.5050593"
    Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.5.0-20170702001-NUC7" -ExportToISO -filepath ESXi-6.5.0-20170702001-NUC7.iso
    Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.5.0-20170702001-NUC7" -ExportToBundle -filepath ESXi-6.5.0-20170702001-NUC7.zip

    ESXi 6.5d (2017-04-18)

    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
    New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile "ESXi-6.5.0-20170404001-standard" -name "ESXi-6.5.0-20170404001-NUC7" -Vendor "virten.net"
    Remove-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.5.0-20170404001-NUC7" -SoftwarePackage "net-e1000e"
    Remove-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.5.0-20170404001-NUC7" -SoftwarePackage "ne1000"
    Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.5.0-20170404001-NUC7" -SoftwarePackage "net-e1000e 3.2.2.1-2vmw.600.3.57.5050593"
    Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.5.0-20170404001-NUC7" -ExportToISO -filepath ESXi-6.5.0-20170404001-NUC7.iso
  3. Install ESXi 6.5. The simplest way to install ESXi is by using the ISO and Rufus to create a bootable ESXi Installer USB Flash Drive.

If you have already installed ESXi 6.5 (with a USB NIC for example) you can install the newer driver with the following command. You also want to remove the ne1000 package here:

# esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
# esxcli software vib install -v https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/esx/vmw/vib20/net-e1000e/VMware_bootbank_net-e1000e_3.
2.2.1-2vmw.600.3.57.5050593.vib
# esxcli software vib remove -n ne1000

ESXi Update with custom driver (Workaround)

When you update your NUC with the workaround explained above, please make sure that you do not install the stock image provided by VMware. If you do so, the net-e1000e and ne1000 drivers from ESXi 6.5 will be installed and the onboard NIC will stop working. This also happens with ESXi 6.5 U1.

Please use the procedure explained above with the latest Image Profile to create a custom update bundle. The Export-EsxImageProfile Cmdlet with the -ExportToBundle option allows you to create a .zip bundle.

If you've already installed the update and vmnic0 is missing, use the following commands to remove the net-e1000 driver and replace the net-e1000e driver with the functional version. You have to use a USB NIC to copy the driver to the NUC.

# wget http://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/esx/vmw/vib20/net-e1000e/VMware_bootbank_net-e1000e_3.2.2.1-2vmw.600.3.57.5050593.vib
# esxcli software vib remove -n net-e1000
# esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/VMware_bootbank_net-e1000e_3.2.2.1-2vmw.600.3.57.5050593.vib -f

Download: VMware_bootbank_net-e1000e_3.2.2.1-2vmw.600.3.57.5050593.vib

The force (-f) option is required because the working e1000e driver is a "downgrade".

Performance

The performance of a single NUC is sufficient to run a small home lab including a vCenter Server and 3 ESXi hosts. It's a great system to take along for demonstration purposes. Currently, I run a 3-NUC Cluster that runs about 33 virtual machines including 2 vCenters, virtual ESXi Hosts, vSAN and NSX.

The following chart is a comparison based on the NUCs PassMark score:

Power consumption

NUCs have a very low power consumption. My 7th Gen i3 NUC with an M.2 NVMe averages at about 30W. With that, the average operating costs are at about 5-6 Euros per month:
30 watt * 24 h * 30 (days) = 21,6 KWh * 0,25 (EUR) = 5,40 EUR
Consumption measured with Voltcraft Energy Monitor 3000

Power Off Issue

When you shut down the NUC from the vSphere Client or with SSH it does not switch off completely. I haven't found a solution on that yet.

Shopping Guide

1.

Chassis

NUC7i7BNH

NUC7i5BNH / NUC7i5BNK

NUC7i3BNH / NUC7i3BNK

 2.

Memory

nuc-sodimm

1.2 V DDR4 2133 MHz SO-DIMM

 3.

M.2 SSD

M.2 SSD List

 4.

 2.5" HDD

25inch-hdd

2.5" Hard Disk Drive List

 5.

USB Stick
nuc-usbstick

SanDisk Cruzer Fit 8gb

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92 Comments.

  1. polkcountyinmatesontheweb.com

    what sort of usb key should I get? any usb3 with minimum 8GB should do for installing esxi? or better 16GB?

  2. Or could you Proxmox VE, which is free, open-source, with the hardware compatibility of Debian, and all the features of ESXi...

  3. I'd rather the E300-8D or E200-8D from supermicro, i have 2xE300 each with 64GB RAM (can go up to 128GB), they also have 4 or 6 core Xeon as well as 10GE ports, so you can build a great little DC, with vSAN and the works!

    • You can't beat price and power consumption. Supermicro is 2-3 times more expensive.

      • That isnl true, but you also get a Xeon chip, 10GE ports (which are great for a robot VSAN), SIX ge ports which is great for redundancy and other testing. Plus the ability to run up to 128GB RAM oh and you get a proper ILO too which is great (boot over remount mount and full html5 KVM support)..

        One is a proper server , one is a cheapish i7, my two supermicros have only 64GB today, and run at 85 member capacity each, i need more RAM and more CPUs (but that's always the case).

        • Well, exactly the 128GB makes SuperMicro few times more expensive. Go check what is the price for DDR4 ECC modules. I assume you will be surprised. Moreover those as far I can recall are not on VMware HCL.

    • I have ESXi running on both (i5 nuc and a variety of supermicro Xeon-D mini-itx with 32GB-128GB memory) and I can confirm that they both run great.

      However, they are not directly comparable in price, performance or cooling requirements. We run 50 VMs on a single D-1541 CPU with 128GB memory, but if all cores are running under full load, you'd better have high-speed fans cooling the CPU or it'll shut down.

      The nuc is fantastic for home use - you can stick it under a cupboard and forget it - I'm running ESXi 6.5 with a couple of ubuntu 16.04 servers running plex, dhcp, dns, docker etc. Runs perfectly - quiet, cool and reliable.

  4. Great information. Great website.
    I am very interesting in home lab with nuc.
    However,now in thailand only one website sell core i3 7th gen model. But I preferred core i5
    Should I wait... or just get core i3(7th gen) or get core i5(6th gen) which lower price.
    My purpose for somewhat like 6-8 vm
    linux cluster, windows AD, GNS server small lab, etc
    pls advice, thx so much

  5. Hey guys,

    Is it possible to use the HDMI port of the NUC for a VM? Passthrough?
    I want to install a small HTPC running on ESXi.

    Best regards,
    Daniel

  6. Interesting for me is that PassMark score of 6th Gen is way higher that 7th Gen. Do you have any idea what was tested exactly ?

    • PassMark Score is pure CPU Power. There was no "normal" 6th Gen i7 NUC, only the "special" Skull Canyon NUC which has a very powerful HQ (High Performance Quad-Core) CPU, instead of the U (Ultra Low Power / Dual-Core) CPU all other NUCs have.

  7. Is the wifi card soldered on? Or is it a mini pcie/m.2 2230 form factor card? Do you think it would be possible to replace the wifi card with one of the older msata/mini pcie compatible ssds?

  8. question, any special config needed ? the NUC is not switching off, when saying shutdown.

  9. I followed the instructions to utilise the Esxi 6.5 NUC 7 iso, but still encountered the "nfs41client failed to load" issue, followed by the no network adaptors issue.

    I'm running with a Nuc7i3.

    Any thoughts?

  10. Same Problem here with Esxi 6.5 NUC7 and der PowerCLI Patch is not working... ;-( Same like Will

    • I'm also having the same problem with the NUC7i7BNH. I've also tried the PowerCLI patch and am still getting the nfs41client failed to load error.

      • I finally got is working. But i got a 6.0u3 Image.

        Patching by myself was not successfull.

        • Where do you get the 6.0 patch 3 image my trial account won't let me download

          • You can create an installable from scratch with PowerCLI as shown in the article. Just use the profile "ESXi-6.0.0-20170604001-standard".

            Add-EsxSoftwareDepot https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
            Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-20170604001-standard" -ExportToISO -filepath ESXi-6.0.0-20170604001-standard.iso

  11. Which NVMe SSD do you use? I tried to Install ESXi6.5 on a NUC7i7 with an Samsung 960 EVO, but i got broken VMFS (6+5) Volumes (I/O errors). This happens especially after rebooting the system. VMs failed to start and Logs could not read.

    I got a lot of errors like
    nvme:NvmeScsiCmd_DoSyncCache:2844:IMMED=0 is not allowed
    ScsiDeviceIO: 2962: Cmd(0x439500bc2380) 0x35, CmdSN 0x611 from world 0 to dev "t10.NVMe____Samsung_SSD_960_EVO_500GB_______________C751B0615C382500" failed H:0x0 D:0x2 P:0x0 Valid sense data: 0x5 0x24 0x0.
    ScsiDevice: 1625: Could not flush cache of local device t10.NVMe____Samsung_SSD_960_EVO_500GB_______________C751B0615C382500. Failure

    As Adapter-Model only something like "Non-Volatile Memory" was shown.

    After installing ESXi 6.0u3 everything works fine (so far). No more errors in the Logs, and as Model "NVMe SSD Controller SM961/PM961" is shown now.

    But I don't know if this is an NUC7 or a Samsung 960 EVO SSD Problem...

  12. Hey, I'm having trouble getting the ESXi 6.5 custom .iso to work. I have followed all steps to generate the iso and it completes successfully but the image still presents the same error. Is there any way you can assist with this?

  13. I was able to install ESXi 6.5 on a NUC7i3BNH, working around the nic problem by removing the net-e1000e and ne1000 modules in fgrehl's process, based on information I found at http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2017/02/update-on-intel-nuc-7th-gen-kaby-lake-esxi-6-x.html. The steps:

    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
    New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile "ESXi-6.5.0-20170104001-standard" -name "ESXi-6.5.0-20170104001-NUC7" -Vendor "virten.net"
    Remove-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.5.0-20170104001-NUC7" -SoftwarePackage "net-e1000e"
    Remove-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile “ESXi-6.5.0-20170104001-NUC7" -SoftwarePackage “ne1000”
    Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.5.0-20170104001-NUC7" -SoftwarePackage "net-e1000e 3.2.2.1-2vmw.600.3.57.5050593"
    Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.5.0-20170104001-NUC7" -ExportToISO -filepath ESXi-6.5.0-20170104001-NUC7.iso

  14. @Jeremy and Virten , I am unable to download the offline bundle just for net-e1000e or "net-e1000e 3.2.2.1-2vmw.600.3.57.5050593" , where can I get it

  15. regarding your graph, the 6th gen is much more efficient than the 7th gen ?

    • The 5th Gen series had a special NUC called "Skull Canyon" which has a different chassis and a powerful CPU. It's better than the 7th Gen i7, but it is also more expensive and draws more power. Not sure if this can be referred to as "more efficient".

  16. Is there any way to set Product Name and Vendor Name? I've installed the esxi 6.5 on NUC7i7 and I know that this is not important (as everything is working as expected) but it does not let me sleep at night ;)

    [root@esx:~] esxcli hardware platform get
    Platform Information
    UUID: ..........
    Product Name:
    Vendor Name: Default string
    Serial Number:
    IPMI Supported: false

  17. Anyone any tips on how to get hardware temperature data available/visible?
    As it is now, in the vSphere web client, under Monitor, Hardware, Sensors, I get 'No sensor data available'.

    Thx.

    • It would be required to have drivers to get the sensors in ESXi to work. I didn't find drivers for any NUC release.

  18. Hi,
    just a little question, you told us to use a M.2 SDD and a 2.5" HD. Is it possible to only use the HD or is it mandatory to have also a SSD drive ?
    Thx for answer

    • Both drives are optional. You just need a usb flash drive, SSD or HDD to install ESXi. If you want to use a network based storage for virtual machines, you don't need local drives.

      • My first plan was to elimate local drives (only usb stick for starting esxi) and have all VM on my NAS with iSCSI.
        But i with only one GBIT link, i don't want to stress my Network.

        Maybe in the future when i have time, i will use a secondary drive for data (iSCSI), so that all "real data" is on the NAS with backup and RAID.

        • But finally i also mounted a local 500GB SSD at least as SYSTEM Drive for all VM. So Network traffic will in future only when "user" data is written on the secondary iSCSI Net-Drive

  19. Hello,
    On my setup with an Nuc7i7 and esx 6.5 when i try to shutdown the system just halt and don't shutdown.

    Have you seen that

  20. Hello
    I have a problem with my Intel NUC 7i7. I have installed ESXi 6.0 U3 on SSD.
    Rebooting the System from Console (Yellow-Screen), Website or over SSH works fine. The NUC goes off (orange powerbutton), goes on and boots ESXi.
    When i try to poweroff the NUC over Console (Yellow-Screen), Website or over SSH the network is disconnected and nothing more happens. The system won´t poweroff.
    Does any one have the same problem? Any ideas to solve the problem?
    Many thanks for your help.

  21. Has anyone had success with build 5310538 (6.5.0d) and a NUC7i7bnh? I'm getting "No adapters" at installation.

  22. Thank you for posting.
    Great information about using VMware ESXi with the newest NUC PC.
    Please when newer information is available about the drivers working natively from the VMware ISO, post an update.
    Thanks again.

  23. Thanks for your article, excellent as always.

    Does anyone know if ESXi 6.0 U3 or 6.5 will install on to a NUC's SATA (AHCI) Raid 1 array.

    As per the below article, it is possible to configure a Raid 1 array with a SATA SSD and SATA M.2 SSD

    https://www.intel.com/content/www/us/en/support/boards-and-kits/000021493.html

  24. I installed 6.5 on NUC.
    All it's OK.
    The problem is VMWARE ESX advise me that after 60 days the VMmachine cannot become not readable cause ending of license period.

    I remember ESX is FREE !!! why so ?

    Thanks for your suggest/opinion

    Regards Damiano.

  25. error loading /state.tgz fatal error 6 (buffer too small)...

    NUC7i7BNH
    32 Gb ram
    Samsung M2 960 PRO.

    Happen when i "consolidate" permanently my ESXI system configuration (IP nework password.. DNS)

    Please Help help me

  26. Couldn’t get configuration to persist across reboots when using esxi 6.5. (custom image). Esxi 6.0 seems to work fine. Am I missing something? NUC7i3BNH with Samsung 960 EVO 500GB.

  27. and still only one ethernet port, eehhh what about practicing failover solutions, networks isolation ?

  28. Hi,

    stupid question probably.
    Do you know what the tiny black 4 pin header below the ram slots is for?

    Thanks & cheers!

    Ilja

  29. Thank you for writing articles about nucs in server purposes!

    Which one of the 7th gen nucs do you recommend for a silent and energy efficient living room virtualization lab? The should be cabable of running atleast 6vm's, with various services including domain controller, web servers, mail servers, workstations, firewall, ids...

    Would the i3 do? Would it be more silent and energy efficient than the others?

    • I would go with the i5. Both systems are equal in power consumption and noise. Only the i7 consumes noticeable more power.

      The system is silent, but you can hear the fan when there are no other noises.

  30. Akash Chandrashekar

    Hi there do you have instructions on your cluster setup.i have a 8 node setup at home connected to an L3 switch that I'd love to take to a spin.
    I had always intended to do something like- this article is great to get started. The Nucs all are VTx pro enabled, and have power on/off capabilities.
    Finally what's the easiest way for me to demo the software or get a hold of the bits these days?

  31. the esx 6.5 up1 ist now working with intel nuc7 out of the box!

  32. Thank you so much for preparing this document it was so helpful in my setup process.

  33. Hi, thanks for the article. I'm got the NUC7i5BNH running 6.0 update 3 and it installs just fine. when I attempt to install a new windows 2012 VM , I will get a partial console and mouse control is out the window, attempting to navigate the windows 2012 installation wizard is hopeless. an clues how to fix this?
    kind Regards,
    Alan

  34. I'm still on 6.0 U3 (ESX Free). But I want to upgrade to 6.5 U1 now. It is not clear to me how to do this direct on the NUC or using the provided ZIP-Bundle from the commands above.

    • You can either install it from the internet:
      # esxcli network firewall ruleset set -e true -r httpClient
      # esxcli software profile update -p ESXi-6.5.0-20170702001-standard -d https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml

      Or use the zib bundle to update:
      # esxcli software vib install -d [path-to-zip]

  35. I want to buy the NUC7i5BNH. But which hdd is supported?
    I saw a seagate Firecuda 2tb ST2000LX001 or a normal Baracuda 2 tb. I saw on a intel support forum that someone didn't saw the disk till he upgraded the bios. Was asking which hdd you use with no problem to run the last ESXI version.
    Thx for your reaction!!

    Eu

  36. Hi team, I have a NUC7i7BNH and I want to install ESXi 5.5, is it possible? or only in version 6 and above. I am asking you because the procedure in this publication says that it was tested in ESXi 5.5, 6.0 and 6.5 (see section "Tested ESXi Versions"). I appreciate your comments.

    • Yes, the 7th Gen NUC works with ESXi 5.5.

      • hi fgrehl, thanks for your answer.

        I tried to install esxi 5.5 without success, everything works very well in esxi 6.0. Do you know the correct procedure? or, what would be the perfect Image Profile that I have to use?.

        My error is basically the one that says "No network adapters were detected" blah blah, and I have to reboot. As you already know the network card is "Intel I219-V". I used the Image Profile version "ESXi-5.5.0-20170904001-standard" and it did not work for me.

        In advanced thank you very much.

  37. Any Updates on the Power Off Issue?

  38. I recently bought an 7th Gen Intel NUC (Kaby Lake) - NUC7i5BNH and a StarTech USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet NIC Adapter. I installed driver as instructed above on ESXi 6.0 U3. I attached the vusb0 and the onboard vmnic0 both to my distributed virtual switch. In itself it all works fine, but every couple minutes I get this sequence of events:

    USB configuration has changed.
    Lost uplink redundancy on DVPorts: .... Physical NIC vusb0 is down.
    Uplink redundancy restored on DVPorts: .... Physical NIC vusb0 is up.
    Alarm 'Network uplink redundancy lost' on [srv]changed from Green to Red
    Alarm 'Network uplink redundancy lost' on [srv]changed from Red to Green

    Any suggestions?

  39. I am a bit confused on how to create the environment or tool to create the esxi 6.0 u3 you mention above.

    ***
    You can create an installable from scratch with PowerCLI as shown in the article. Just use the profile "ESXi-6.0.0-20170604001-standard".

    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
    Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-20170604001-standard" -ExportToISO -filepath ESXi-6.0.0-20170604001-standard.iso
    ***
    I may have duplicated this, having trouble with Firefox on this page, switched to chrome. Delete the earlier one if there are two please

    appreciate it
    thanks

  40. Her is my experience with NUC7i3. I have four on them. Each giving me the same behaviour. 32G ram, 256G M.2 and 256G SSD. Booting from USB sticks. Running 6.5.0U1. Latest BIOS (0054). Everything is working just fine in the exception of this :

    - Will not power off on shutdown.
    - Will crash at boot time. Once per 4 boots approx.

    Boot crash messages encounter so far :

    - Could not load boot module ...
    - Exception 14 in world 65790...
    - Panic, we dont support base symbol values for relocation
    - VMB 302 : Unexpected exception 14 ...

    I also had two Esxi crashes in the last 4 mounts running my labs...

    Lastly, I noticed that all-flash VSAN is very hungry in memory.

    - Host running VSAN shows 14.61GB of memory used without any VM running on it.

    Since NUC7 only support 32G, this mean almost 50% of my available memory is need by Esxi before I can deploy any VM on it. Icchh.

    So my 4 node VSAN cluster, fully loaded with 32G per node has only 70G of ram available.

    But again, this is a lab. Not for production of course. So I have many other options if I want to free some ram. Local disks, single node VSAN etc...

    • Update: Boot crashes only appear when the NUCs are configured for VSAN. Otherwise they dont crash at boot when configured for local storage or NFS. But still I have not figured how to fix the "no power-off on shutdown".

  41. Thanks for this nice post

  42. Hello everybody,

    Following this site for fews months i bought 7th NUC7i5BNH with 32 Go memory and KINGSTON HYPERX M.2 480GB. Working fine for 2 months and after upgrading BIOS in the last revision, ESXI 6.5 U1 crash as he can.. pink screen, VM lost ..... well i am in hell now. It's very bad cause i found this solution very very smart. Using NUC for low power need and for small form. If anybody have an idea i will take it. Many thanks again for all this good job.

  43. Marcel Tempelman

    Installed Esxi 6.0u3 on a i7 gen 7 NUC. The system runs normal until it starts getting active on the network. I have an Linux VM with Observium and after a few days or even after a few hours the system is only pingable. The VM and ESX is not manageable anymore. No reaction on http/ssh. Only ping. Updating to u3a and even upgrading to the latest 6.5 did not fix this. The only thing left is a BIOS update. If the VM is not running the system runs without a problem. It seems that network traffic sends the system sliding down.

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