ESXi 6.7 – Custom ISO Creation – Drivers – LINUX ONLY – Personal/Home Use

Title really sums up what I am after… the background is…with my very heavily opinionated views/context, you’ve been warned! 🙂 😉 😉

I’ve been doing a lot of various VM tasks on things like ***LXC*** (NOT LX***D***) and another technology. Each has its pros and cons, LXC lacks the means to do X (either XDMCP or Remote X/X Forwarding, well, for the non GUI tasks ie: LAMP server etc. its fine.) or USB tech issues for another product. Which is why I’ve tried to use the Player setup whenever possible as its USB support has always been superior. As is the product overall

But the tool chains for supporting that on LINUX are better v. VMWare. And I’ve had this gripe since the days of Server, and VMWare just didn’t want to hear that there was Linux only users out there in F100 companies etc. when brought up @ VMWorld etc.. I finally just quit bothering.

Anyway for me I’d like to do ESXi on some things for ***my own stuff,*** but it needs a custom ISO to get drivers for LAN etc..

I’d like to get ESXi under by belt, but have a hard stop on getting started….

Here’s the gotcha I seem to keep running into…and I’ve just gotten frustrated beyond end….

ESXi ISO creation ***ON LINUX and LINUX ONLY***.

I do not own, use or have non Linux! Period. Full stop. Hard End. I have not used it in 20 years! Work or personal.

Every search just ends me back up at this powersomething that clearly is NOT LINUX. Or some other tool from 3rd party(s) or VMWare that again, is NOT LINUX.l Or worse no longer supported even on non Linux.

Yes there are those of us out there who don’t bow to the non Linux deity.

So……Summing up, tl;dr is:


On Debian or Debian based ie: *buntus 16.04-18.04-20.04 would be the best.

7.0 is a non starter with removal of driver support for the hardware that will be encountered.

**Is there nothing in the Linux space that does this?????** ***Really?????***

The only route is I guess(?) . .. get a LAN card supported by the native ISO and install and then some way add via the ESXi shell drivers manually???? But I am not sure thats possible… link to a guide on that???? What I’ve seen sort of hinted to that method, but it was not clear. The articles start with a WORKING ESXi, but the install steps start with stuff that is CLEARLY NOT LINUX and don’t need those various drivers or if they do, start with that powerthingy steps.

I am fully aware of the limitations on the API of ESXi free level, etc..

Any pointers on doing this on Linux, and Linux only, please.

Thanks in advance.

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