For some time now I was looking for a replacement for my UDOO home server. After long research I decided to go for Intel NUC i3 version. Intel NUC Kit NUC6i3SYH is equipped with Intel’s newest architecture, the 6th generation Intel® Core™ i3-6100U processor.


It has truly impressive features such as massive 32GB DDR4 RAM support, M 2 SSD slot and SATA slot – see Intel website for more info.

Shopping List
 Samsung 250GB 850 EVO M.2 SSD  evo_sm
 8GB USB Flash Drive  USB_sm
2x 16GB of RAM – CT16G4SFD8213  memory_sm



The NUC itself is not supported by VMware and not listed in the HCL. However, some essential components are listed therefore when installing the latest ESXi 6.0 with patch ESXi600-201601001 (Build 3380124) released in January 2016 you will not have any issues:


Linked Clones on ESXi 5.5

1. Run sysprep and reseal the VM for cloning. Shut it down when finished and do not turn it on.

2. Install PowerCLI

3. Get the script: :

param (
$vm = Get-VM $SourceName
# Create new snapshot for clone
$cloneSnap = $vm | New-Snapshot -Name "Clone Snapshot"
# Get managed object view
$vmView = $vm | Get-View
# Get folder managed object reference
$cloneFolder = $vmView.parent
# Build clone specification
$cloneSpec = new-object Vmware.Vim.VirtualMachineCloneSpec
$cloneSpec.Snapshot = $vmView.Snapshot.CurrentSnapshot
# Make linked disk specification
$cloneSpec.Location = new-object Vmware.Vim.VirtualMachineRelocateSpec
$cloneSpec.Location.DiskMoveType = [Vmware.Vim.VirtualMachineRelocateDiskMoveOptions]::createNewChildDiskBacking
# Create clone
$vmView.CloneVM( $cloneFolder, $cloneName, $cloneSpec )
# Write newly created VM to stdout as confirmation
Get-VM $cloneName


I have got it saved as Create-LinkedClone.ps1

4. start PowerCLI, connect to your vCenter server and run the script:

You can also run this:

And here is a screen dump of my vCenter server with the Clone:

Now let’s start up the Clone:

Sysprep will take us through the setup.