Homelab: Network port bindings not persisting using USB NIC Fling on Intel NUC6i5SYH with ESXi 7.0.1 Update 1d

Host: Intel NUC6i5SYH

BIOS: Up to date

ESXi: 7.0.1 Update 1d, build 17551050

ESXi installed on SanDisk Ultra Fit 32GB

Internal storage present in M.2 and SATA ports but not configured as datastores as I’m planning on using them for vSAN

[USB NIC Fling](https://flings.vmware.com/usb-network-native-driver-for-esxi) : 1.7/the version for 7.0.1

[USB NIC](https://smile.amazon.com/gp/product/B0095EFXMC/ref=ppx_yo_dt_b_asin_title_o02_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1): StarTech USB 3.0 to Gigabit Ethernet Adapter – ASIX AX88179

For the life of me I cannot get my NIC bindings to persist across reboots. I have read through William Lam’s posts on his blog and on the Fling but no dice.

I have 1 vSwitch with vmnic0 and vusb0. I can configure 2 vmkernel adapters for iSCSI and configure Network Port Binding successfully after installing the VIB. When I reboot I lose the vusb0 pnic, the network port bindings, and the iSCSI datastore.

This initially worked for me across 2 reboots last night:
Manually mapped the MAC address to vusb0 even though it seems to only be recommended for a multi-usb NIC environment.
Edited Boot.cfg to add usbBusFullScanOnBootEnabled=0

That worked until I set Syslog.global.logDir = [iSCSI-Datastore] Logs and Syslog.global.logDirUnique = True and rebooted. After reboot I lost bindings and vSwitch0 dropped vusb0. Haven’t had a chance to test whether setting this back to [] tmp/scratch/ would resolve this but I’m doubtful.

Is not having local storage for logs/scratch space an issue here?

[According to William](https://flings.vmware.com/usb-network-native-driver-for-esxi#instructions) persistent NIC binding shouldn’t even be an issue anymore for single USB NIC usage, ”
Update (10/26/20): With ESXi 7.0 Update 1 & latest v1.17+ USB Native Network Driver VIB, USB NIC Bindings are now automatically persistent across reboots. For earlier ESXi releases OR if you have multiple USB bindings, you will need to follow the directions below to persist these settings.”

I am super stumped and would greatly appreciate any and all assistance. This issue is the only thing keeping me from deploying vSAN in my lab and I really want to start playing with vSAN on my 4x NUC cluster! Please let me know if I can provide any more information. Thanks for reading!

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