NUCs have been a popular choice for virtualization, owing to their small size and portability. It’s nice to be able to have a bunch of VMs available on something you can throw in your backpack. Combine that with something like ESXi, and you’ve got a lab that you can take with you.
Unfortunately it seems Frost Canyon is just a little too new for ESXi. I downloaded the latest trial version of ESXi and attempted to install it on the NUC10i7FNH I recently reviewed. I was met with a hard stop in the installer:
A little research shows that the ESXi installer doesn’t recognize Frost Canyon’s NIC, just like the issue with Linux Mint. The only workaround I was able to find was using a USB NIC, which obviously isn’t ideal. The other option is to run VMWare (or another virtualization solution) in Windows, which has all the drivers Frost Canyon needs.
For now it seems Frost Canyon users who want to run alternatives to Windows will have to wait for the world to catch up.