In researching for a solution to my recent troubles trying to get the storage controller in my home server seen when booted into ESXi 7.0 (see The Missing PERC(s) for the full details), I happened to download a copy of the Dell customised ESXi 7.0 ISO file VMware-VMvisor-Installer-7.0.0-15843807.x86_64-DellEMC_Customized-A00.iso via this guide.
Upon looking in \UPGRADE\PRECHECK.PY file, I tripped over a veritable “treasure trove” list of devices that are not supported due to the VMKLinux Driver Stack Deprecation in ESXi 7.0.
After some crunching of the list in Excel, the results make for some interesting reading.
Here are the “scores on the doors”:
|Vendor||Number of Devices without ESXi 7.0 Support|
|Advanced Micro Devices||8|
|American Megatrends Inc.||3|
|Broadcom / ServerWorks||13|
|Compaq Computer Corp.||9|
|Digital Equipment Corporation||5|
|HighPoint Technologies, Inc.||5|
|International Business Machines Corp.||2|
|Silicon Image, Inc.||12|
|VIA Technologies, Inc.||1|
I’ve pushed a copy of the spreadsheet into Google Sheets for your full perusal, along with links to the relevant VMware Compatibility Guide (VCG) entries:
Have a look to see whether your storage controller / network interface / host bus adapter devices are included in the list and hence currently unsupported under ESXi 7.0.
After all, it is often easier to see a complete list in a spreadsheet (Control+F or Command+F to search ) than looking up individual devices in the VCG.
For completeness, I’ve posted a copy of the original Dell \UPGRADE\PRECHECK.PY file (renamed to precheck.txt) HERE. See Lines 240 to 1006 of the precheck file for the original list along with the comment “Devices that are deprecated because of VMKLinux removal”.