Tag Archives: HCL

VMware ESXi 6.5 - Hardware not yet certified for upgrade

vmware-hcl-65Double check your vendor support when updating ESXi hosts from VMware vSphere 6.0 to 6.5. Some systems have not been certified by their vendor yet. The following servers were supported in vSphere 6.0 but are according to VMwares HCL not yet supported in vSphere 6.5.

Your server is listed and you want to upgrade?

  • Usually, the list gets smaller a couple of weeks after a new vSphere version has been released. I will update this post when I notice changes.
  • Not supported does not say that it does not work.
  • Servers get certified by their vendor, not VMware. If you want a server to get certified, ask your vendor.
  • Vendor support matrices sometimes differ from VMware HCL. Please ask your vendor or VMware whether you are allowed to upgrade.
  • The list only includes common vendors: Apple, HP, Cisco, DELL, Fujitsu, Hitachi, IBM, Lenovo and Nutanix.
  • The list has been created with the help of my HCL in JSON Format.
  • Follow the comments to get notified about updates.
  • Did I miss something? Please comment.

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vSphere 5.0 & 5.1 End of Support soon - Upgrade your ESXi Hosts

hcl-60You might be aware that General Support for VMware vSphere 5.0 and 5.1 ends in about 4 weeks at August 24th. If not, I encourage you to use my VMware Product End Of Support Countdown to keep an eye on EOS dates (It also supports ics based calendar reminders).

If you are not running on ESXi 5.5 or ESXi 6.0, it is time to upgrade now. Prior to upgrade, please check VMware Compatibility Guide (HCL) to verify that your server is supported for the targeted vSphere release.

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Check VMware HCL with PowerCLI (half-done, need assistance)

It's on my to-do list for quite a long time: Create a Script that checks hardware against VMwares HCL. There are some problems that needs to be solved to automate the process. My main problems are matching the installed ESXi version to the release Level (eg. 5.5 U2, 6.0, 6.0 U1,...), integrating the HCL into a script and matching HCL to the physical hardware.

This is what I can do today with PowerCLI, basically by running "Get-VMHost | Check-HCL":
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I'm not sure if anyone is interested in automating HCL checks because I couldn't find any scripts online. If you are interested, nice! I need assistance...

I need a larger pool of hardware information to know how hardware identifies itself. So if you want to support me, please run the following PowerCLI command and send me the output (Just Copy/Paste CSV file contents to my Contact Form, or send me an eMail. I will respond with the output of my script as shown above). If you don't want to disclose your hostnames, just remove the "Name" part in the command, or replace the content with dummy-names.

Get-VMHost |select Name,Build,Manufacturer,Model,ProcessorType |Export-Csv hosts.csv -NoTypeInformation

If you are interested in how the script works, or the script/function itself, feel free to contact me. (It's unfinished spaghetti code....)

Some additional features:

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Display VMware HCL link (For further verification)

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Display all supported ESXi versions for the hardware

 

VMware ESXi 6.0 - Unsupported Hardware (All Vendors)

hcl-60-300x250-full-listDouble check your vendor support when updating ESXi hosts from VMware vSphere 5.5 to 6.0. There are a lot of systems that are no longer supported. The following servers were supported in 5.5 U2 but are according to the VMware HCL no longer supported in vSphere 6.0.

Your server is listed and you want to upgrade? Don't panic.

  • Not supported does not mean that it does not work.
  • Servers get certified by their vendor, not VMware. If you want a server to get certified, ask your vendor.
  • Did I miss something? Please comment.

Last Update: September 10, 2015

This post contains a sortable and searchable list containing all vendors. It extends the shortlist of widley used servers I maintain since the vSphere 6.0 release.

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vSphere 6.0 – Unsupported Storage Arrays

The list of unsupported servers since ESXi 6.0 was long. What about the storage landscape? The following storage arrays were supported in 5.5 but are according to VMware HCL no longer supported in vSphere 6.0.

  • EMC VPLEX Virtual Edition
  • EMC AX4-5
  • EMC AX4-5i
  • EMC Celerra CNS
  • EMC Celerra NS-120
  • EMC Celerra NS-480
  • EMC Celerra NS-960
  • EMC Celerra NX4
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-120
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-120 C8
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-120 C8X
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-240
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-240 C8
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-240 C8X
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-480
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-480 C8
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-480 C8X
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-960
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-960 C8
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-960 C8X
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-120FCOE
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-240FCOE
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-480FCOE
  • EMC CLARiiON CX4-960FCOE

Please note that this is only a diff between 5.5 and 6.0. There was a huge drop in storage support between 5.1. and 5.5!

Source: VMware HCL

VMware ESXi 6.0 - Unsupported Hardware

hcl-60Double check your vendor support when updating ESXi hosts from VMware vSphere 5.5 to 6.0. There are a lot of systems that are no longer supported. The following servers were supported in 5.5 but are according to the VMware HCL no longer supported in vSphere 6.0.

Your server is listed and you want to upgrade? Don't panic.

  • Usually, the list gets smaller a couple of weeks after a new vSphere version has been released. I will update this post when I notice changes.
  • Not supported does not mean that it does not work.
  • Servers get certified by their vendor, not VMware. If you want a server to get certified, ask your vendor.
  • Vendor support matrices and VMware HCL have some mismatches at the moment (HP and IBM). Servers are listed at the bottom. Pleask ask your vendor or VMware if you are allowed to upgrade.
  • Did I miss something? Please comment.

Last Update: September 10, 2015

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Cheap ESXi 5.5 Homeserver that is in the VMware HCL

To extend my homelab I was searching for a cheap homeserver hardware that was listed in the Compatibility Guide by VMware. My target was that the system must be supported with ESXi 5.5. There were 3 systems that are in the market since about 5 years and sold as refurbished systems and one system from Lenovo that has a brand-new Haswell CPU.

  • Dell PowerEdge 2950 Gen III
  • Dell PowerEdge R710
  • ProLiant DL380 G6 Server
  • Lenovo ThinkServer TS140

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VMware ESXi Support for HP ProLiant Gen9 Servers

Hewlett Packard has released Intel Xeon E5v3 (aka Haswell) Proliant Generation 9 server systems. Gen9 Servers are available as Rack Servers, Blades and Towers. Time to have a look at VMware Support for the new series.

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HP ProLiant Gen9 Servers with ESXi Support:

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Howto Update vCenter and ESXi Hosts to vSphere 5.5

The recently released major update of VMware vSphere, version 5.5 addresses several issues in vSphere 5.1. An update is absolutely recommended as it resolves many issues and reduces the complexity of some components like Single Sign-On. This update guide shows a small Walk-though how to Update you Platform to vSphere 5.5.

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VMware ESXi 5.5 - Unsupported Hardware

Double check your vendors support when updating ESXi hosts from VMware vSphere 5.x to 5.5. There are a lot of systems that are no longer supported. The following servers were supported in 5.x but are no longer supported in 5.5:

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