ESXi 5.x Installation on Intel NUC fails with “No Network Adapters”

When you try to install ESXi 5.x on an Intel Next Unit of Computing (NUC) system, the installation fails with the following error message:

No Network Adapters

No network adapters were detected. Either no network adapters are physically connected to the system, or a suitable driver could not be located. A third party driver my be required.

Ensure that there is at least one network adapter physically connected to the system before attempting installation. If the problem persists, consult the VMware Knowledge Base.

Affected models:

  • Intel NUC D54250WYK
  • Intel NUC D34010WYK
  • Intel NUC DC53427HYE
  • Intel NUC DC3217IYE

This message is caused by the Intel 82579LM Gigabit Ethernet Controller whose
drivers are not included in the ESXi Base Image. To fix that, you have to create an customized ESXi Image and add the proper drivers.

 

Create Customized ISO with ESXi-Customizer by v-front.de

ESXi-Customizer is a user-friendly program thats can be used to customize the original ESXi installation media with drivers that are not originally included. The script runs entirely on Windows.

  1. Download required Files:
    – ESXi 5.1 U1 ISO image (VMware-VMvisor-Installer-5.1.0.update01-1065491.x86_64.iso)
    – ESXi-Customizer (ESXi-Customizer-v2.7.1.exe)
    – Intel Driver (net-e1001e-1.0.0.x86_64.vib)
  2. Run ESXi-Customizer-v2.7.1.exe to extract the required files
  3. Run ESXi-Customizer.cmd
  4. Select the ESXi Image and VIB File
  5. Make sure to tick “Create (U)EFI-bootable ISO”
    Intel-NUC-ESXi-Customization
  6. Press Run!
  7. Burn the new created ISO file and use it in your Intel NUC

Shopping Guide

1.

Chasis

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DC53427HYE Kit (Intel Core i5-3427U)

DC3217IYE Kit (Intel Core i3 3217-U)

DC3217BY Kit (Intel Core i3 3217-U)

DCCP847DYE Kit (Intel Celeron 847)

 2.

Memory

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Crucial 16GB Kit (2x 8GB) DDR3 1600 MHz

Corsair Vengeance 16GB (2x 8GB)

Crucial 8GB Kit (2x 4GB) DDR3

 3.

 SSD

nuc-ssd

Crucial m4 64GB mSATA SSD

Crucial m4 128GB mSATA

 4.

 Power Cord

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C5 Power Cord

 5.

USB Stick
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SanDisk Cruzer Fit 8gb