Getting started with Nutanix Community Edition on the Intel NUC Skull Canyon NUC6i7KYK

Today I want to show you how simple it is to setup Nutanix Community Edition on the latest and greatest Intel NUC model, the NUC6i7KYK.

Basically four steps are required to get Community Edition up and running:

  • Get latest Nutanix Community Edition image
  • Transfer the image to an USB stick
  • Add the latest Intel NIC driver
  • Start your NUC

Get latest Nutanix Community Edition image

This one is easy, just register on nutanix.com and download the image from the forum.

Transfer the image to an USB stick

For this you need a USB stick with at least 8GB.
I recommend using Rufus as it is the easiest method to “dd” the Community Edition image to your USB stick.

RufusCommunityEdition

Add the latest Intel NIC driver

As the Skull Canyon NUC uses one of the newest Intel I219-LM NIC those drivers are not yet build into the current Nutanix Community Edition release.
But fear not, Nutanix released the drivers as download which can be easily integrated. You can find the download at the end of this post.
After you put the image onto your USB drive you can mount the ext4 based partition using Ext2Fsd.

Ext2FSCommunityEdition

After you downloaded and extracted the driver you replace the old e1000e.ko file with the new one.
It is located on the USB sticks ext4 partiton in the following location:

/lib/module/3.10.0-229.4.2.e17.nutanix.20150513.x86_64/kernel/drivers/net/ethernet/intel/e1000e/e1000e.ko

Now remove the USB stick and put it in your NUC.

Start your NUC

When the NUC is started you first have to logon as user “nutanix” with the password “nutanix/4u”.
Now we have to load the driver, restart the networking stack and log off by issuing the following commands:

modprobe e1000e
service network restart
exit

And that’s it! Proceed by installing the Nutanix Community Edition as it is documented in the Getting Started Guide.

This blog post was inspired by the article The Prestige Continues – Community Edition and my article was just a documentation of my progress setting up the Nutanix Community Edition on the Intel NUC.

Attached file: e1000e-ko.zip.

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