Sub 20 watt ESXi "server"


Feb 10, 2001

So I didn't figure out everything on my own, so giving credit where due...
Dell WYSE info:
ESXi Driver fix:
Driver download:
ESXi Offline Bundle:

ESX 6.5 is the latest that will boot on this device, at least in UEFI mode, I didn't try BIOS mode. 6.7 and 7.0 will PSOD.

Modified instructions for building esx 6.5 iso:

Open powershell:
Install-Module -Name VMware.PowerCLI
set-executionpolicy remotesigned
Add-EsxSoftwareDepot "", ""
New-EsxImageProfile -CloneProfile ESXi-6.5.0-20190804001-standard -name ESXi-6.5.0-20190804001-standard-RTL8168 -Vendor RTL
Set-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile ESXi-6.5.0-20190804001-standard-RTL8168 -AcceptanceLevel CommunitySupported
Get-EsxSoftwarePackage | Where {$_.Vendor -eq "Realtek"}
Add-EsxSoftwarePackage -ImageProfile ESXi-6.5.0-20190804001-standard-RTL8168 -SoftwarePackage net55-r8168
Export-EsxImageProfile -ImageProfile ESXi-6.5.0-20190804001-standard-RTL8168 -ExportToIso -filepath ESXi-6.5.0-20190804001-standard-RTL8168.iso

My Kill-a-watt never hit 15 watt, but I haven't done more than just install one VM so far. It idles at 6.5watts.
AMD 5800U would make a killer low power server. Looking forward to getting something on that platform, eventually.
I'm currently running the "ESXi Fling on ARM" on my RPi4 8GB. Quite a fight making images work properly with the ESXi UEFI without some Linux distros having ISOs available.
Woof, that's rough. I have a J4105 that I use as a PBX, and it's barely up to that task. Good luck with that.