25 January, 2017
11:45 AM: So the memories arrived Going to be taking care of that shortly. Before I start planning about what I'm going to do with the OS level stuff.
12:00 PM: Now I've just realised I set aside a keyboard and mouse but forgot to find the mini display port cable. So I can use the iMac and Target Display Mode.
12:05 PM: Special gloves on and memory is now installed. Now searching for the cable while I wait for things to download but it looks like things are going to take a while to download. Which pisses me off because we have NBN Fibre 100/40.
6:45 PM: Just waiting for the macOS versions to download, they always take so long. Finally found the mini display port cable also.
26 January, 2017 Happy Australia Day...
1:38 PM: All OSs are finally downloaded looking for my VMware login so I can download ESXi, The iMac is not recognising the NUC in Target Display Mode so I've had to move to the big screen TV.
1:45 PM: After spending some time on the Intel website last night, I now have to confirm what BIOS Version the NUC is running first to determine if I should do the update first.
I also note that there is possibly several firmware upgrades that need to be installed as well. I don't know how well this would go getting applied through a guest OS? So may need to go with Windows 10 bare metal first so I can install the firmware upgrades.
4:38 PM: Logged into VMware Registered for and Downloaded "VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi)"
7:18 PM: Just got the stuff to download from Intel's website and I've gotta find All My USB Flash Drives. After that's all done I'll just check the files and will be ready to get started later in the week.
8:00 PM: Okay everything appears to have downloaded okay and we're good to go when I'm ready.
27 January, 2017
4:58 PM: I've worked out the plan.
Going to update the BIOS first then going to do a Windows 10 install bare metal and complete all related firmware upgrades e.g. HDMI, Thunderbolt.
Then get rid of all that and start again with VMware ESXi Once Configured, I'm going to go ahead with a temporary VM, running Ubuntu Desktop and Plex Media Server. While I work on the permanent VM's as time permits.
5:33 PM: I'm essentially just waiting for all my USB Flash Drive to return as they're all checked out at the moment.
6:10 PM: Useful Links
ESXi on the new Intel NUC Skull Canyon
Adding custom BIOS splash screen to the Intel NUC
5 February 2017 It's time to get started on this project again.
1:50 PM: Going to start with this today.
2:33 PM: Confirmed: BIOS Update Required.
Installed: KYSKLi70.86A.0037.2016.0603.1032 (2 Versions Behind.)
Updating to: KYSKLi70.86A.0042.2016.0929.1933
2:58 PM: BIOS Update Completed, Waiting for the Windows 10 install media USB to finish before installing Windows. Wish I had more than one USB Flash Drive that was big enough.
6:35 PM: So I've hit my first brickwall following instructions to create the Windows 10 install media using terminal and "dd" everything looks to have gone okay but I can't get the NUC to boot the installer.
9:15 PM: Update, Okay using "dd" in terminal despite what it says online does not work with Windows + PC Hardware.
Just because you google something and all the results come up with the same solution and they are relatively reputable sources doesn't mean that solution will work.
I will update this section with more information later.
11:43 PM: Unlicensed copy of Windows finally installed.
12:00 PM: Heading to bed...
6 February 2017
10:10 AM: Waiting for Windows Update to do its thing after the updates have been completed.
I'll install the Intel® Driver Update Utility which I hope will handle all the updates, firmware, drivers and other stuff for me.