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The new online compatibility guide provides a single point of access for all VMware hardware compatibility guides. The new search tool streamlines the HCL posting process and offers advanced search capabilities and the ability to save the guide(s) or search results in the csv format.

The new hardware compatibility guide replaces the following legacy PDF-format HCLs:

  • VMware ESX 3.0.x and above version Systems Compatibility Guide
  • VMware ESX 3.0.x and above version I/O Compatibility Guide
  • VMware ESX 3.0.x and above version SAN (storage) Compatibility Guide
  • VMware ESX 3.0.x and above version Guest/Host OS Compatibility Guide
  • View Compatibility Guide

Note: Please place the exact text to be searched in quotes for Keyword Search.

Systems

  • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Product Release Version, Partner Name, Model, System Type, Sockets, Cores per Socket, CPU Series,Max Memory, Enhanced vMotion Capability Modes, Fault Tolerant and Footnotes.
  • Click on the model name to see details related to the server.
    • Model Detail shows the following information for the server:
      • Server model name
      • Partner
      • CPU Series certified with the server
      • Form Factor of the server
      • Number of sockets
      • Max memory
    • Model Release Details shows the following release related information for the server:
      • VMware ESX releases supported
      • BIOS information
      • Features
    • Product Feature's/Plugin's shows the following release related information for the server:
      • Test Feature Category
      • Test Category
  • Click on the CPU Series to see details related to the server.
    • Model Detail shows the following information for the server:
      • CPU Series
      • Max Cores
      • Max Thread
      • EVC Modes
      • Fault Tolerant Compatible Set
      • CPU IDs

IO Devices

  • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Product Release Version, Partner Name, Model, Driver Name, Driver Version, I/O Device Type, VID, DID, SVID, SSID and Footnotes.
  • Click on the model name to see details related to the IO device.
    • Model Detail shows the following information for the device:
      • IO Device model name
      • Device Type
      • Partner Name
      • Firmware version
      • Number of ports
      • VID
      • DID
      • SVID
      • SSID
    • Model/Release Details shows the following release related information for the server:
      • VMware ESX releases supported
      • Device driver and version
      • Type - inbox

Storage/SAN

  • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Product Release Version, Partner Name, Model, Array Type, Array Test Configuration, SATP Plugin, PSP Plugin, Firmware, Array Type and Footnotes.
  • Click on the model name to see details related to the storage array.
    • Model Detail shows the following information for the array:
      • Storage array model name
      • Manufacturer
      • Array Type
      • Product ID
      • Vendor ID
      • Storage Virtual Appliance
    • Model Release Details shows the following release related information for the storage array:
      • VMware ESX releases supported
      • Firmware version(s)
      • Test configuration supported
        • Fibre Channel - FC Switched and/or FC Direct Attached
        • iSCSI - SW (Software) and/or HW (Hardware) iSCSI
        • NAS - NFS
        • SAS - SAS Switched and/or SAS Direct Attach
        • SVD - SVD
      • Device Driver
      • SATP Plugin
      • PSP Plugin

Guest OS

  • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Product Release Version, OS Vendor, OS Name, Bits, OS Use, OS Family, Networking, Storage, Virtual Hardware, VMware Tools and Footnotes.
  • Click on the OS Release to see details related to the OS Release.
    • OS Detail shows the following information for the device:
      • OS Release Name
      • OS Vendor
      • OS Code Name
      • OS Bits
      • OS Types
    • OS Release Details shows the following release related information for the server:
      • VMware Product Name
      • OS Use

View (Thin Clients)

  • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Product Release Version, Partner Name, Model, Product Type, Thin Client Type, OS Version and Footnotes.
  • The results shows the following details for Horizon clients:
    • Model
    • Partner Name
    • Product Type
    • Client Type
    • OS Version
  • Model Release Details shows the following release related information for the server:
    • Supported Releases
    • Kiosk Mode
    • MMR
    • Multi Monitor
    • PCoIP
    • SmartCard

vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA)

  • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Product Release Version, Partner Name, Model, Array Type, Profiles, VASA Provider Name, VASA Provider Version and Footnotes.
  • The results shows the following details for vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA):
    • Partner Name
    • VASA Provider Name
    • VASA Provider Version
    • VASA Provider Download Link
    • Supported Releases
  • VASA Provider Name or VASA Provider Version shows the following vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA) related information for the server:
    • Profile
      • BlockDevice
      • File System
      • Capability
      • TestProfile
    • Model
    • Array Type
    • Minimum FW/OS Version
    • Prerequisite S/W Name
    • Prerequisite S/W Version
    • Download Link
  • The Download Link, leads you to the Partner page, where you can download the vSphere APIs for Storage Awareness (VASA).

vSphere APIs for Virtual Volumes (VVols)

  • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Product Release Version, Partner Name, Model, Array Type, Profiles, VASA Provider Name, VASA Provider Version and Footnotes.
  • The results shows the following details for vSphere APIs for Virtual Volumes (VVols):
    • Partner Name
    • VASA Provider Name
    • VASA Provider Version
    • VASA Provider Download Link
    • Supported Releases
  • VASA Provider Name or VASA Provider Version shows the following vSphere APIs for Virtual Volumes (VVols) related information for the server:
    • Profile
      • SPBM
      • Virtual Volume
      • Virtual Metro Storage Cluster
    • Model
    • Array Type
    • FW/OS Version
    • Management S/W Name
    • Management S/W Version
    • Download Link
  • The Download Link, leads you to the Partner page, where you can download the vSphere APIs for Virtual Volumes (VVols).

Site Recovery Manager (SRM)

  • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Product Release Version, Partner Name, Array Models, Protocols, SRA Name and Footnotes.
  • The results shows the following details for Site Recovery Manager (SRM):
    • Partner Name
    • SRA Name
    • SRM Versions
  • SRA Name or SRA Version shows the following Site Recovery Manager (SRM) related information for the server:
    • Partner Name
    • SRA Name
    • SRA Version
    • SRA Download
    • Array Models
    • Array Type
    • Firmware Name/Version
    • Management Software Name/Version
    • Replication Software Name/Version
    • SRA MD5SUM
  • The SRA Download, leads you to the Partner page, where you can download the Site Recovery Manager (SRM).
  • vRealize Orchestrator (vRO)

    • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Product Release Version, Partner Name, Plugin Name, Plugin Version, vRO Name, vRO Version and Footnotes.
    • The results shows the following details for vRealize Orchestrator (vRO):
      • Partner Name
      • vRO Plugin Name
      • Supported Releases
    • vRO Name or vRO Version shows the following vRealize Orchestrator (vRO) related information for the server:
      • Partner Name
      • vRO Plugin Name
      • vRO Version
      • Plug-in Version
      • Target Version
      • vRO Plugin Download
  • The Plugin Download, leads you to the Partner page, where you can download the vRealize Orchestrator (vRO).
  • Networking and Security Services

    • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Product Release Version, Partner Name, Model, API Integration, Solution Category, Networking and Security Platforms, Hardware Version and Footnotes.
    • Click on the model name to see details related to the Networking and Security.
      • Model Detail shows the following information for the Networking and Security
        • Product Name
        • Product Version
        • Partner Name
        • Appliance Type
        • Hardware Version
        • Solution Category (VMware Network Extensibility)
        • Solution Category (VMware Endpoint Security)
        • Enforcement Points (VMware Network Extensibility)
        • Enforcement Points (VMware Endpoint Security)
        • Networking and Security Platforms
        • Notes
      • Model/Release Details shows the following release related information:
        • Supported Releases and Footnotes

    VMware Flash Read Cache

    • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Product Release Version, or Partner Name.
    • Click on the model name to see details related to the Networking and Security.
      • Model Detail shows the following information for the Networking and Security
        • Model / Product Name
        • Partner NameProduct Version
        • IO Type (optional). This will always be listed for PCI-E devices, but may not be listed for others.
        • Firmware or OS Version
        • Unique Name (optional)
        • Vendor
        • Product
        • Interface Type
        • Part Number
      • Model/Release Details shows the following release related information:
        • Supported Releases and Firmware versions
        • Features (if the entry is expanded by clicking on the [+] sign)

    Virtual SAN

    • Virtual SAN Ready Node is a hyper-converged node sold by server OEMs, which in many cases, has been pre-configured to run the Virtual SAN + vSphere stack in a tested, certified hardware form factor. Virtual SAN Ready Nodes are also prescriptive in that they provide the size, type and quantity of CPU, Memory, Network, I/O Controller, HDD and SSD combined with a certified server that is best suited to run a specific Virtual SAN workload.
    • For more information on Virtual SAN Ready Node or to request a Virtual SAN Ready Node listing please send email to vsan-hcl@vmware.com
    • A valid Virtual SAN configuration will consist of the following components and associated certifications:
    Component Certification
    Server vSphere 5.5 Server Certification
    Network I/O vSphere 5.5 IOVP Certification
    Disk I/O vSphere 5.5 IOVP + Virtual SAN Cert.
    HDD vSphere 5.5 HDD Certification
    SSD vSphere 5.5 SSD Certification

    • For components that don't require special Virtual SAN certification (Server and Network I/O) we will leverage the existing vCG listings under the Server and I/O Device listings.
    • Components that have special Virtual SAN certification requirements will require the new or enhanced certification in order to be certified.
      • Disk I/O: For Virtual SAN 5.5 VMware will be certifying select vSphere 5.5 controllers for use with Virtual SAN 5.5. The partner certification program will be released after Virtual SAN 5.5 General Availability.
      • HDD: Requires Virtual SAN Certification. Please refer to Developer Center for the paper certification documents associated with this certification requirement.
      • SSD: Requires Virtual SAN Certification. Please refer to Developer Center for the paper certification documents associated with this certification requirement.

    • I/O Controller:
    • Filters provided:
      • Supported Releases
      • Brand Name
      • Device Type
    • Results Field List:
      • Brand Name
      • Model (Link to Details page)
      • Feature
      • Product Description
      • Queue Depth
      • Supported Releases

    • HDD:
    • Filters provided:
      • Supported Releases
      • Interface
      • Partners
      • RPM
    • Additional Filters provided:
      • Interface Speed
      • Capacity
      • Form Factor
      • Drive Format
    • Results Field List:
      • Partner Name
      • Model (Link to Details page)
      • Device Type
      • Supported Releases

    • SSD:
    • Filters provided:
      • Supported Releases
      • Device Type
      • Partners
      • RPM
    • Additional Filters provided:
      • Interface Speed
      • Capacity
      • Form Factor
    • Results Field List:
      • Partner Name
      • Model (Link to Details page)
      • Device Type
      • Supported Releases

    Virtual Shared Graphics Acceleration (vSGA)

    Searching for vSGA Products
    • The Product Release Version is the ESX product that this vSGA product has been certified with.
    • The GPU Partners are the manufacturers of vSGAs listed here. Selecting this will show you all the vSGAs made by the selected company.
    • The GPU Device Model is the name of the vSGA, and if you know it, this is the best way to search for one. If you know the exact model name, you will get more specific result.
    • The View Version is the View Server that this vSGA product works with.
    • For Keyword Search, we suggest searching by Product Id, Product Release Version, Partner Name, Model, and Footnotes.
    Displayed Information for vSGA Products
    • Click on the Component Name to see details related to Virtual Shared Graphics Acceleration.
      • GPU Device Model Details shows the following information for vSGA
        • GPU Partner
        • GPU Device Model
        • Firmware Version
        • View Version
        • Notes (often a link to supported servers)
      • GPU Device Model Release Details shows the following release related information:
        • Supported Release
        • Driver
        Often, the driver and download locations will be identical for most of the listed releases.
        A link to the driver download site will be included in the footnotes, if known.
        Click on the [+] sign to see all the footnote information.

    CPU Series

    • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Product Release Version, CPU Series, Enhanced vMotion Capability Modes and Fault Tolerant Compatible Sets.
    • The results shows the following details for CPU Series:
      • Supported Releases
      • CPU Series
      • Cores/Threads
      • CPUID Info
      • CPUIDs
      • Max Cores Per Socket
      • Max Threads
      • Fault Tolerant Compatible Set
      • Enhanced vMotion Capability Modes
      • Code Name
      • Launch Date
    • Model Release Details shows the following release related information for the server:
      • Supported Releases categorized by ESXi Embedded / ESX / ESXi Installable
      • Notes

    Virtual Dedicated Graphics Acceleration (vDGA)

    • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Partner name, Product Release Version, GPU Partner, GPU Device Model, Guest OS, View Version and Horizon Client.
    • The results shows the following details for vDGA:
      • Server Partner Name
      • Server Model
      • CPU Series
      • GPU Partner Name
      • GPU Device Model
      • ESX Version
      • View Version
    • Click on the Server Model name to see details related to the server.
      • Model Detail shows the following information for the server:
        • Server model name
        • Partner
        • CPU Series certified with the server
      • Model Release Details shows the following release related information for the server:
        • VMware ESX releases supported
        • BIOS information
        • Features

    vRealize Operations

    • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Supported Release Version, Management Pack Name, Partner and Footnotes.
      • Model Detail shows the following information for the vRealize Operations
        • Partner Name
        • Management Pack Name
        • Solution Type
      • Model Release Details shows the following release related information:
        • Supported Releases
        • Management Pack Version
        • Solution Exchange URL

    Shared Pass-Through Graphics

    Searching for Shared Pass-Through Graphics Products
    • The Product Release Version is the ESX product that this Shared Pass-Through Graphics product has been certified with.
    • The GPU Partners are the manufacturers of Shared passthrough graphics listed here. Selecting this will show you all the Shared passthrough graphics made by the selected company.
    • The GPU Device Model is the name of the Shared Pass-Through Graphics, and if you know it, this is the best way to search for one. If you know the exact model name, you will get more specific result.
    • The View Version is the View Server that this Shared Pass-Through Graphics product works with.
    • For Keyword Search, we suggest searching by Product Id, Product Release Version, Partner Name, Model, and Footnotes.
    Displayed Information for Shared Pass-Through Graphics Products
    • Click on the Component Name to see details related to Shared Pass-Through Graphics.
      • GPU Device Model Details shows the following information for Shared Pass-Through Graphics
        • GPU Partner
        • GPU Device Model
        • Firmware Version
        • View Version
        • Notes (often a link to supported servers)
      • GPU Device Model Release Details shows the following release related information:
        • Supported Release
        • Driver
        Often, the driver and download locations will be identical for most of the listed releases.
        A link to the driver download site will be included in the footnotes, if known.
        Click on the [+] sign to see all the footnote information.

    vSphere APIs for IO Filtering (VAIO)

    Searching for VAIO Products
    • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Product Release Version, Partner Name, Model, Model Version and Filter Class.
    • The results shows the following details for VAIO:
      • Partner Name
      • Model
      • Model Version
      • Filter Class
      • Supported Releases
    • Click on the VAIO Model name to see more details.
      • Model Detail shows the following information:
        • Partner Name
        • Model
      • Model Release Details shows the following release information:
        • VMware ESX releases supported
        • Model Version
        • Filter Class
        • VIB Version
        • Features (By clicking on 'view' link)

    Virtual Volumes (VVols) - Horizon

    Virtual Volumes (VVols) is a storage feature in vSphere 6.0 that virtualizes SAN and NAS devices into logical pools of capacity making it possible to execute storage operations with VM granularity. It also enables many storage operations such as copy and clone operations to be efficiently offloaded to the storage platform.

    This VMware Compatibility Guide page lists all the storage systems that are certified with the interoperability of Virtual Volumes, vSphere, the VASA Provider and Horizon (with View) desktop administration operations such as provisioning, refresh, recompose, and rebalance for the listed number of Horizon desktops.

    For more details please click here - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2109267

    • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Partner Name, VASA Provider Name, VASA Provider Version, Storage Array Name, Horozon Version, Protocols Supported.
    • The results shows the following details :
      • Vendor
      • Storage Array
      • VASA Provider Version
      • Protocols Supported
      • Storage OS Version
      • Horizon Version(s)
      • VSA Supported with VVols?
      • Number of Desktops
    • VASA Provider Version linked to Virtual Volumes (VVols) - Horizon details page

    CIM Providers (HW Monitoring)

    This document lists CIM monitoring plug-ins, also referred to as CIM providers, developed and released by server, storage, and I/O device vendors for monitoring their hardware on VMware vSphere systems. For support and availability information of any desired providers, please refer to the vendor directly

    The CIM providers listed below passed VMware's CIM Provider Acceptance Test (CIM PAT), which allows these vendors to provide a measure of reliability and stability of their code. All the tests contained in CIMPAT are meant to exercise and provide coverage of the provider's intrinsic methods. Testing consists of running tools that verify that the behavior of a CIM provider does not introduce undesirable effects on the operation of the system as a whole.

    Any technical issues found with the vendor provided CIM providers are handled by the corresponding vendor as described in the 3rd party support documentation at - http://www.vmware.com/support/policies/ThirdParty.html

    • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Product Release Version, Partner Name, Provider Name.
    • The results shows the following details :
      • Partner Name
      • Provider Name
      • KB Article
      • Supported Releases

    View Composer Array Integration (VCAI) - Horizon

    VCAI leverages capabilities of VMware vSphere as well as some of the NAS storage arrays that have vSphere API for Array Integration (VAAI) NAS native snapshot capability. This feature enables customers to offload the creation of linked clones to the storage array. It is used in conjunction with linked-clone desktop pools and NFS datastores that are exported by NAS storage arrays.

    This VMware Compatibility Guide page lists all the storage systems that are certified with the interoperability of VCAI, vSphere, the partner plugin and Horizon (with View) desktop administration operations such as provisioning, refresh, recompose, and rebalance for the listed number of Horizon desktops.

    For more details please click here - http://kb.vmware.com/kb/2061611

    • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Partner Name, Storage Array Name, Horizon Version.
    • The results shows the following details :
      • Vendor
      • Storage
      • Storage OS Version
      • Horizon Version(s)
      • VSA Supported with VCAI?
      • Number of Desktops

    View Proven Storage for VDI Capacity

    Proven Storage solutions are certified to offer specific workload performance for 1000 and 2000 seat Horizon deployments. With Proven Storage solutions, customers:

    • Get more I/O per second for their money
    • Avoid under- or over-provisioning capacity
    • Increase ease of use and deployment agility

    It is a requirement that the relevant components of each certified solution are also ESX certified and listed on the appropriate VMware Compatibility Guide.

    For detailed information regarding the individual View Appliances and solutions, please go to https://solutionexchange.vmware.com/store/category_groups/end-user-computing/fast_track_proven

    • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Partner Name, Storage Array Type, Storage Model, Desktop Type, View Release.
    • The results shows the following details :
      • Partner Name
      • Storage Model
      • Storage Array Type
      • View Release
      • Desktop Type
      • Number of Desktops