VMware ESXi on Intel NUC7i5BNH

I’m setting up my new home network so I wanted to setup my Intel NUC 7i5BNH with vmWare ESXi so I can setup some VMs for VPN, Plex, Docker containers, etc.

With older vesions of ESXi you had to slipstream netwroking drivers for this version of NUC. With the current version (ESXi 6.7) you don’t have to do that anymore. I’ve downloaded my ISO and now I had to create a bootable USB. I’m using a macOS so most of the commands here are for macOS.

  1. First you’ll have to mount the ISO. We are gogin to copy it’s content on our USB.
hdiutil mount ~/Downloads/esxi.iso
  1. Next up is setting up our USB. Plug it in and find its path. Mine was located on disk2. We have to format it beforehand.
diskutil list
diskutil unmountDisk disk2
diskutil eraseDisk FAT32 INSTALL MBR /dev/disk2
  1. Once this is done we have to mark the only partition as active.
fdisk -e /dev/disk2
f 1
  1. Once this is done we copy over the files from the ISO we mounted.
cp -R /Volumes/esxi/* /Volumes/INSTALL/
  1. We have to edit the file ISOLINUX.CFG and change one line:
APPEND -c boot.cfg -p 1
  1. Save and rename that file to SYSLINUX.CFG. And this is it. I’ve booted in UFI mode but it doesn’t matter.

Follow the wizzard and install the OS. You’ll be able to login.