(Upgrading) ESXi Whitebox to 6.5 (Part 1)

So my little ESXi White-boxes are still going strong! They started out on ESXi 5.1 (here), then updated to 5.5 (here), have been happily running on 6.0 (I missed this post but it was quite an uneventful upgrade) and now they’ve taken to ESXi 6.5 after a few small changes. The first issue I had was the […]

Windows 10 guest crashes on VMware ESXi

With Microsoft having just released the latest Windows 10 update (1151), I created a new guest VM on my home lab setup. Everything looked good until I found the VM had decided to power off every time I went to remotely connect to it. I’m running the latest VMware ESXi 6U1 build 3073146 and found the below error […]

Veeam NFC Error with ESXi 6.0 Update 1

Having recently installed two new ESXi 6.0 with Update 1 servers we began to receive the below type errors from our Veeam backup infrastructure – Error: NFC storage connection is unavailable. Failed to create NFC download stream. It of course had a whole bunch of references to the specific server IPs and storage datastores but I’ve […]

(Upgrading) ESXi Whitebox to 5.5

Okay so after building an ESXi 5.1 rig a little while ago (Blog Post Here) it’s now time to upgrade to VMware ESXi 5.5 – this for the first time in a while (for me at least) broke stuff! After initial upgrade from the 5.1u1 platform my SSD datastore disappeared! I didn’t have any settings […]

ESXi GPU Passthrough for an HTPC

Following on from the previous post about a recent white-box VMware ESXi 5.1 build I was hoping to enable GPU pass-through to one of the VM’s. Initially this was to make use of things like Adobe Photoshop via XenApp to aid in GPU rendering, but having played around with Plex I was too tempted to […]