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.
This article covers the steps required to install VMware ESXi 5.5 on the Gigabyte Brix, and a few other systems that use non-supported NICs that worked in ESXi 5.1.
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 »
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 »