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Hi grobba: Thank you very much for contacting the Intel® NUC communities. We will do our best to provide the information you are looking for.
In regard to your inquiry, I checked the requirements for the ESXI 6.5 software and it says that it supports server platforms, based on that and due to the fact that the NUC works as a desktop PC, the application might not work properly with the NUC:
In reference to the Intel® Vpro , it is a set of security and manageability capabilities built into the processor aimed at addressing four critical areas of IT security: 1) Threat management, including protection from rootkits, viruses, and malware 2) Identity and web site access point protection 3) Confidential personal and business data protection 4) Remote and local monitoring, remediation, and repair of PCs and workstations
It is kind of difficult to recommend any of the NUC models provided above, since it will depend on your needs and how you are going to use them, it is a very personal choice. If you are interested in getting further details about the Intel® Vpro technology, please submit your inquiry in our Intel® Vpro Expert center:
Additionally, I encourage all the peers in our communities, that if they have further details or comments on this matter to post all the suggestions on this thread.
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Any further questions, please let me know.
There is also reasonably good introductions to the Intel Management Engine, Intel vPro and Intel Active Management Technology (AMT) in Wikipedia.
Thanks guys for the info,
Looks like still a bit more research to do. I have however seen mention in other forums of ESXI 6.5 installing succssfully on the NUC7I5BNH, but with some NIC issues. Apparently ESXI 6.5.0 U1 solves these problems though. I'm kinda thinking I might go this way and forget about trying to remotely manage the NUC. If it fails miserably I've still got what looks like a reasonable mini desktop....