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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
  • VMware Horizon 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/Host 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

VMware Horizon View

  • 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 VMware Horizon View 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).

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).
  • vCenter Orchestrator (VCO)

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

    • 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

    • The Virtual SAN Ready Node program is different from existing VMware Compatibility Guide (VCG) programs; it is a certified combination of components rather than an individual product listing. The entry point into these listings is Virtual SAN Ready Node which will certify the Server, I/O, HDD and SSD combination. Once the Ready Node is assembled using certified components, Virtual SAN Ready Node tests can be run, and results submitted to VMware. After a successful review of the results, the complete Virtual SAN Ready Node will be listed on the VMware Compatibility Guide. The partner can then proceed to Virtual SAN Ready System listings, which will expand on the Ready Node certification.
    • Virtual SAN Ready System focuses on 4 different categories, Entry, Capacity, Performance, and Balanced. Each listing will expand on specific Server, CPUs, Memory, I/O, HDD, and SSD components that map to the Ready System classification. Partners will work with VMware on defining these systems and assist with the listing. Ready System help customers to quickly find the solution that best suites their need.
    • 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.

    • Virtual SAN Ready Node:
    • Filters provided:
      • Supported Releases
      • Partners
      • Models
    • Results Field List:
      • Partner Name
      • Model (Link to Virtual SAN Ready Nodes Details page)
      • Server (Link to Server Details page)
      • IO (Link to IO Details page)
      • HDD (Link to HDD Details page)
      • SSD (Link to HDD Details page)
      • Supported Releases

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

    Application Director Blueprints

    • For Keyword Search, We suggest searching by Product Id, Product Release Version, Partner Name, Model, and Footnotes.
    • Click on the Component Name to see details related to the Application Director.
      • Model Detail shows the following information for the Application Director
        • Component Name
        • Component Category
        • Component Version
        • Partner Name
        • Component Description
        • Support Information
        • VSX Listing URL
      • Model/Release Details shows the following release related information:
        • Supported Releases

    Virtual Shared Graphics Acceleration (vSGA)

    Searching for vSGA Products
    • The Product Release Version is the ESX product that this vSGA product has be certified with.
    • The GPU Partners are the producers fo vSGAs listed here. Selecting this will show you all the vSGAs made by that one 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. It is the most specific; if you know the name, you will get exactly what you want.
    • The Horizon 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 Detail shows the following information for vSGA
        • GPU Partner
        • GPU Device Model
        • Firmware Version
        • Horizon 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