This blog post is written by Thiru Navukkarasu and Krishnaprasad K from Dell Hypervisor Engineering. 

Dell PowerEdge VRTX was not supported for VMware ESXi 6.5 branch of ESXi thus far. Dell announced support for VRTX from Dell customized version of ESXi 6.5 A04 revision onwards. However there was a late breaking issue identified on dell-shared-perc8 (Version: 06.806.89.00) and ESXi 6.5.x. To resolve this issue, install/upgrade to version 06.806.90.00 and above. This revised driver is part of Dell customized VMware ESXi 6.5 Update1 A04 which is available for download from here

From VMware ESXi 6.5 onwards, the shared PERC8 controller in VRTX use dell_shared_perc8 native driver instead of megaraid_sas vmklinux driver in ESXi 6.0.x branch. 

You may look at the following command outputs in ESXi to verify if you have the supported image installed on PowerEdge VRTX blades. 

~] vmware –lv

VMware ESXi 6.5.0 build-6765664 

VMware ESXi 6.5.0 Update 1

 ~] cat /etc/vmware/oem.xml

You are running DellEMC Customized Image ESXi 6.5 Update 1 A04 (based on ESXi VMKernel Release Build 6765664)

~] esxcli storage core adapter list

HBA Name  Driver             Link State  UID                   Capabilities  Description

--------  -----------------  ----------  --------------------  ------------  ----------------------------------------------------------

vmhba3    dell_shared_perc8  link-n/a    sas.0                               (0000:0a:00.0) LSI / Symbios Logic Shared PERC 8 Mini

vmhba4    dell_shared_perc8  link-n/a    sas.c000016000c00        (0000:15:00.0) LSI / Symbios Logic Shared PERC 8 Mini