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Upgrade VMware ESXi 5.1 to ESXi 5.5 on a Gigabyte Brix using esxcli

Background
Between ESX 5.1 and ESXi 5.5, VMware removed the bundled driver for the Realtek RTL8111E NIC, which is embedded in the Gigabyte Brix.
This means that if you try to boot a normal ESXi 5.5 installer, it won’t find the NIC driver and will refuse to install/upgrade your ESXi 5.1 instance.

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Virtualization Home Lab: Setting up VMware ESXi on the Gigabyte Brix

2013-09-23 00:27: Added information about ESXi 5.5 not including RTL8111E support
2013-09-23 22:23: Added a link to installing ESXi 5.5 with RTL8111E support
In my last post, I covered my journey of finding a small, quiet, low-power virtualisation lab computer that can run nested virtualisation.
The final system
To summarise, here’s the system I ended up with, after much consideration:

Gigabyte … Read more »

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Virtualization Home Lab: Choosing a suitable computer (quiet, low power with nested virtualization support)

Recently, after about 2 years away, I’ve started to get back into Virtualisation. As part of that, like any true geek, I wanted to build a Home Lab.
I had some criteria for the homelab computer:

Must be quiet
Should be power-efficient/low power. Energy in the UK is expensive!
CPU must support Intel VT-x with EPT, and VT-d virtualisation … Read more »

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How to boot the Gigabyte Brix with Wake-On-LAN

I’ve been playing with getting the Gigabyte Brix to Wake-On-LAN.
Most Windows-based tools didn’t work out of the box for me; but after some experimentation with the Depicus Wake on LAN cmd tool, I worked out the information required to wake it up generally.
wolcmd <mac of target> <ip of target> <network subnet mask> <port 8900 or … Read more »