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Solved: How do I find out whether server hardware is supported with ESXi 7.0?


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

Alex Lim is a certified IT Technical Support Architect with over 15 years of experience in designing, implementing, and troubleshooting complex IT systems and networks. He has worked for leading IT companies, such as Microsoft, IBM, and Cisco, providing technical support and solutions to clients across various industries and sectors. Alex has a bachelor’s degree in computer science from the National University of Singapore and a master’s degree in information security from the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. He is also the author of several best-selling books on IT technical support, such as The IT Technical Support Handbook and Troubleshooting IT Systems and Networks. Alex lives in Bandar, Johore, Malaysia with his wife and two chilrdren. You can reach him at [email protected] or follow him on Website | Twitter | Facebook

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