Intel NUC 10th gen running VMware ESXi 7.0

Due to growing data I had to add more storage. Therefore I bought a new Intel NUC (10th generation)  running VMware ESXi 7.0. Really helpful for the setup is again virten.net, which provides all the necessary information.

Simply installing the ESXi on the NUC using a USB stick. For creating the USB stick I used rufus. For the ESXi image use the steps from virten.net, in order to create an ESXi 7.0 image with a network interface card driver which works for Intel NUC 10th gen (otherwise an error about "No Network Adapters" is shown).

Start PowerShell (with Admin-Rights) and type in:

Add-EsxSoftwareDepot https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-standard" -ExportToBundle -filepath ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-standard.zip
Remove-EsxSoftwareDepot https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/PRODUCTION/main/vmw-depot-index.xml
Add-EsxSoftwareDepot .\ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-standard.zip
Add-EsxSoftwareDepot .\ESXi670-NE1000-32543355-offline_bundle-15486963.zip
New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile "ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-standard" -name "ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-NUC" -Vendor "virten.net"
Remove-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-NUC" -SoftwarePackage "ne1000"
Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile "ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-NUC" -SoftwarePackage "ne1000 0.8.4-3vmw.670.3.99.32543355"
Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-NUC" -ExportToIso -filepath ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-NUC.iso
Export-ESXImageProfile -ImageProfile "ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-NUC" -ExportToBundle -filepath ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-NUC.zip

If there is an issue "about_Execution_Policies" (https:/go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkID=135170), like:

+ Import-Module VMware.ImageBuilder
+ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~
    + CategoryInfo          : Sicherheitsfehler: (:) [Import-Module], PSSecurityException
    + FullyQualifiedErrorId : UnauthorizedAccess,Microsoft.PowerShell.Commands.ImportModuleCommand
 

then you can help yourself using the following temporary workaround:

Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy RemoteSigned

❗Warning! This is a possible security issue (see MS documentation). Set this setting back to default after creating the image using:

Set-ExecutionPolicy -ExecutionPolicy Default

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