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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 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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Free ESXi 6.5 - How to Download and get License Keys

vSphere 6.5 has been released and as known from previous versions, VMware provides a free version of their Hypervisor ESXi for everyone again. The license key can be created for free at VMwares website. It has no expiration date. The binaries you will receive as "Free Hypervisor" are 100% identical to the paid version.


  • No support
  • Free ESXi cannot be added to a vCenter Server
  • 2 physical CPUs
  • Unlimited cores per CPU
  • Unlimited physical Memory
  • max. 8 vCPU per VM

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VMware ESXi 6.5 - ESXCLI Command Reference

ESXCLI is a powerful command line tool on an ESXi host. You may need it for troubleshooting, configuration or for automated ESXi installations by using a kickstart file. I'm having a esxcli command line reference on my desktop since vSphere 5.x and I am using it quite often. Here is the command line reference for the latest release of vSphere ESXi 6.5.

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VMware vSphere 6.5 introduces Broadwell EVC Mode

To simplify vMotion across CPU generations VMware has introduced Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC). EVC automatically configures server CPUs with Intel FlexMigration or AMD-V Extended Migration technologies to be compatible with older servers. In vSphere 6.5 a now EVC mode has been introduced. Read more »

VMware vCenter Server Appliance 6.5 (vCSA) Enhancements

migrate2vcsavCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) is the future. If you are still running the Windows-based vCenter, it's time to migrate to the appliance with vSphere 6.5.

Since vSphere 6.0, the appliance offers the same feature and scale as the windows based vCenter. vSphere 6.5 adds an X-Large deployment size, the update manager and a fully supported migration assistant to the appliance. Read more »

VMware vSphere 6.5 Download Links Available

During VMworld Europe in Barcelona, VMware has announced that vSphere 6.5 will be available in Q4 2016. Today they made the bits available for everyone to download. VMware vSphere 6.5 is now GA.

VMware vSphere 6.5 Release Notes and Download Links

20 month development time
Since vSphere 6.0 VMware started to extend major release cycles. However, vSphere 6.0 still had some serious issues. With 614 days, the development time of vSphere 6.5 was over 20 month. vSphere 6.5 had a long closed and open beta phase to hunt for bugs. Let's hope for smooth upgrades in the next couple of weeks.


ESX Release Date Days since
prior release
6.5 2016-11-15 614
6.0 2015-03-12 536
5.5 2013-09-22 376
5.1 2012-09-11 384
5.0 2011-08-24 407
4.1 2010-07-13 418
4.0 2009-05-21 456
3.5 2008-02-20 615
3.0 2006-06-15 563
2.5 2004-11-29 244
2.1 2004-03-30 253
2.0 2003-07-21 434
1.5 2002-05-13 416
1.0 2001-03-23

VMware ESX History Diagram


Get a Notification on VMware vSphere 6.5 GA Release Date

During VMworld Europe in Barcelona, VMware has announced the release of vSphere 6.5. However, that doesn't state that actual ESXi 6.5 and vCenter 6.5 bits are available for download yet.

VMware vSphere 6.5 including Virtual SAN 6.5 and Virtual Volumes 2.0 are all expected to become available in Q4 2016. If you want to get notified immediately when vSphere 6.5 is available to download (GA), subscribe to my vTracker RSS Feed.

New Products are usually available within 1 hour after release. You can simply lookup if it has been released at the vTracker Website, or use your favorite RSS feeder to get an automated notification. The vTracker Website will also include download links.