Using vSphere Auto Deploy to Netboot ESXi onto Apple Mac Hardware

Last week I published an article that demonstrated for the first time on how to netboot an ESXi installation onto Apple Mac Hardware. As you can imagine, this was very exciting news for our VMware/Apple customers, who historically have not had this capability before. Customers can now automate and install ESXi over the network onto their Apple […]

How to Netboot install ESXi onto Apple Mac Hardware?

The ability to perform an ESXi Scripted Installation over the network has been a basic capability for non-Apple hardware customers since the initial release of classic ESX. However, for customers who run ESXi on Apple Mac Hardware (first introduced in vSphere 5.0), being able to remotely boot and install ESXi over the network has not been possible and customers could […]

Remotely query an ESXi host without adding it to vCenter Server

I was browsing through the vSphere API Reference the other day and I came across an interesting vSphere API called QueryConnectionInfoViaSpec() which was introduced in vSphere 6.0. This new API is similiar to the existing QueryConnectionInfo() method which also allows you to remotely query an ESXi host without requiring you to add it to your vCenter Server Inventory, which I did not […]

Functional USB 3.0 Ethernet Adapter (NIC) driver for ESXi 5.5 & 6.0

Earlier this month I wrote an article demonstrating a functional USB ethernet adapter for ESXi 5.1. This was made possible by using a custom built driver for ESXi that was created over three years ago by a user named Trickstarter. After having re-discovered the thread several years later, I had tried reaching out to the user but concluded that he/she has probably […]