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Latest VMWare ESXi 6 on Intel Nuc

April 30th, 2016 No comments
  1. Download and install VMWare vSphere PowerCLI.
    At the moment that I’m writing is version 6.3 Release 1.
  2. Open PowerCLI
  3. Add VMWare official repository
    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
  4. Search for the latest version.
    First I tried by sorting by ModifiedTime but many were modified the same day
    PowerCLI C:\> Get-EsxImageProfile -Name "ESXi-6.*" | Sort-Object "ModifiedTime"
    -Descending | format-table -property Name,CreationTimeName                                    CreationTime
    ----                                    ------------
    ESXi-6.0.0-20151104001-standard         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160104001-no-tools         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160104001-standard         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160302001-standard         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160302001-no-tools         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150704001-no-tools         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160101001s-standard        04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150504001-standard         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150704001-standard         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160204001-no-tools         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150504001-no-tools         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-no-tools         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160204001-standard         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20151104001-no-tools         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-standard         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150701001s-standard        04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150902001-no-tools         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160301001s-standard        04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150902001-standard         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160301001s-no-tools        04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160101001s-no-tools        04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150901001s-standard        04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150701001s-no-tools        04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20151004001-no-tools         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150901001s-no-tools        04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20151004001-standard         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-no-tools             06/02/2015 02:37:25
    ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-standard             06/02/2015 02:37:25

    Then I decided to sort by Name instead.
    PowerCLI C:\> Get-EsxImageProfile -Name "ESXi-6.*" | Sort-Object "Name" -Descend
    ing | format-table -property Name,CreationTimeName                                    CreationTime
    ----                                    ------------
    ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-standard             06/02/2015 02:37:25
    ESXi-6.0.0-2494585-no-tools             06/02/2015 02:37:25
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160302001-standard         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160302001-no-tools         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160301001s-standard        04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160301001s-no-tools        04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160204001-standard         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160204001-no-tools         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160104001-standard         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160104001-no-tools         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160101001s-standard        04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20160101001s-no-tools        04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20151104001-standard         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20151104001-no-tools         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20151004001-standard         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20151004001-no-tools         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150902001-standard         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150902001-no-tools         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150901001s-standard        04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150901001s-no-tools        04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150704001-standard         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150704001-no-tools         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150701001s-standard        04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150701001s-no-tools        04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150504001-standard         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150504001-no-tools         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-standard         04/03/2016 03:31:22
    ESXi-6.0.0-20150404001-no-tools         04/03/2016 03:31:22

    So in my case I took ESXi-6.0.0-20160302001-standard
  5. Clone the profile
    New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-20160302001-standard" -name "ESXi-6.0.0-20160302001-standard-NUC” -Vendor "virten.net" -AcceptanceLevel "CommunitySupported"
  6. Add the following repository
    Add-EsxSoftwareDepot http://vibsdepot.v-front.de
  7. Add the sata-xahci package
    Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-20160302001-standard-NUC" -SoftwarePackage "sata-xahci"
  8. Export the image
    Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-6.0.0-20160302001-standard-NUC" -ExportToISO -filepath ESXi-6.0.0-20160302001-standard-NUC.iso
  9. Create a bootable USB disk using Rufus
  10. Enjoy 🙂

 

SOURCE: ESXi 6.0 Image for Intel NUC

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