Building a Modern SOHO Virtualization Lab – Part 3

SECONDARY NIC WITH 2016 NUC SKULL CANYON

When I first discovered the 2016 NUC Skull Canyon, my primary hesitation was that this NUC had only one Gigabit Ethernet Network Interface Card (NIC). In my ESXi lab, I have been using several Late 2012 Mac Minis with two GigabitEthernet NICs each. I used the primary (on-board) NIC for management and VM traffic and the secondary (Thunderbolt-based) NIC for iSCSI traffic to the iSCSI SAN. Unfortunately, the NUC Skull Canyon has only one on-board NIC, which in my opinion is a significant oversight on Intel’s part. Granted, the Late 2012 Mac Mini also comes with one on-board NIC, so it has the same “design flaw” as the 2016 Skull Canyon NUC. Continue reading