What is the best way to find out whether the server hardware is supported with ESXi 7 or not? Should I run this via the vSphere client or there is a hardware list that VMware has so that I can go look the supported server hardware?
The minimum hardware and system specification supported by ESXi 7.0 as below:
- For a list of supported server platforms, refer to the VMware Compatibility Guide.
- Host with at least two CPU cores of 64-bit x86 processors. For a complete list of supported processors, refer to the VMware Compatibility Guide.
- NX/XD bit to be enabled for the CPU in the BIOS.
- Minimum of 4 GB of physical RAM. Provide at least 8 GB of RAM to run virtual machines in typical production environments.
- Support for hardware virtualization (Intel VT-x or AMD RVI) must be enabled on x64 CPUs for 64-bit virtual machines.
- One or more Gigabit or faster Ethernet controllers. For a list of supported network adapter models, refer to the VMware Compatibility Guide.
- Requires a boot disk of at least 32 GB of persistent storage such as HDD, SSD, or NVMe. Use USB, SD and non-USB flash media devices only for ESXi boot bank partitions. A boot device must not be shared between ESXi hosts.
- SCSI disk or a local, non-network, RAID LUN with unpartitioned space for the virtual machines.
- For Serial ATA (SATA), a disk connected through supported SAS controllers or supported on-board SATA controllers. SATA disks are considered remote, not local. These disks are not used as a scratch partition by default because they are seen as remote.
Reference: ESXi Hardware Requirements