How to build latest VMware ESXi ISO image for Intel NUC 4th generation

When it comes to building cheap and reliable home lab Intel NUC computers are huge success. Their low power consumption and small footprint makes them perfect for almost any kind of home lab, including building a VSAN lab. Recently I ran into the issue where I needed an additional network card for my NUC. I needed to transfer vCenter server from iSCSI storage, to a VSAN datastore on the same host. Continue reading “How to build latest VMware ESXi ISO image for Intel NUC 4th generation”

Upgrading to VMware ESXi 5.5 Update 1 fails due to conflicting VIBs

If you have installed updated version(s) of network and/or storage HBA’s at any time, you will find yourself hitting the wall one you want to upgrade your ESXi server to v5.5 Update 1. Reason for that is that the newer driver(s) are not part of the upgrade installation, and as such it must be updated manually before you can upgrade your ESXi server. When you attach custom ISO in your Update Manager, and scan host for upgrades, you will be presented with the result “Incompatible” and in the error detail, there will be message: Continue reading “Upgrading to VMware ESXi 5.5 Update 1 fails due to conflicting VIBs”

How to reset HP BIOS (incl. UEFI) password.

In order to reset HP BIOS password, you will need BiosConfigUtility from HP. BiosCOonfigUtility is part of SSM (System Software Manager) and you can download it from here. Once You download sp52095.exe, install it and then navigate to the installation folder in Command Prompt (C:\Program Files (x86)\Hewlett-Packard\SSM) and run the following command:

biosconfigutility /nspwd:"Password"

Please note that the quotes must be used, while password is actual word between the quotes!
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