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Dell PowerEdge Servers Certified for VMware ESXi 6.0

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This blog is written by Murugan Sekar from Dell Hypervisor Engineering Team.

ESXi 6.0 is a major release from VMware which has been certified on supported Dell PowerEdge servers. Following are the highlights on Dell servers with respect to VMware ESXi 6.0.

  • Dell has certified 45 servers which includes 450 configurations (Server & Feature certifications) for ESXi6.0 on VMware GA. Please refer VMware HCL for the complete list of certified Dell servers.
  • 8GB is the minimum requirement to install ESXi 6.0 on SD card. Refer the link for the list of certified SD cards on Dell servers.
  • Multi-vCPU (SMP) fault tolerance is one of the new features in ESXi 6.0 which supports upto 4 vCPU for FT protected VM.
  • ESXi6.0 supports maximum physical memory as up to 6TB and dell certified this feature on PowerEdge R920 server.
  • VM Direct Path IO (FPT) feature is supported only on 11G servers as existing supported pass-through devices from VMware are not supported on 12G & 13G servers.
  • GPU Passthrough (vDGA) is a graphic acceleration function offered by VMware currently enabled with NVIDIA GPUs at this time. Following are the Dell servers certified this feature on VMware GA.
      •     R730,T630,R7910,R720 & T620
  • ESXi 6.0 is certified for the  following Cloud Edge platforms
      •     C6220II, C8220 & C8220II
  • Trusted boot functionality (Intel TXT) will be supported on both BIOS & UEFI boot mode in DELL supported server from ESXi 6.0 onwards.
  • Dell PowerEdge VRTX is currently not enabled for ESXi6.0 as Shared PERC driver is not yet available for ESXi6.0. Tentative schedule for VRTX support on ESXi6.0 would be June 2015.

  • Any update on VRTX compatibility.

  • OK June is at the end, no support for ESXi 6.0 on VRTX yet? When is it expected? Is it expected at all? The previous driver (5.0) had the same issue with no support even 1 year after the release of 5.0!

  • Sorry 5.5 was only supported on VRTX about 8 months after release that is what I meant.

  • end june...where is esx 6.0 for VRTX????

  • They did say "TENTATIVE"    which means not certain or fixed.

    or in real world language.  


  • Sorry for delayed response. VRTX supported ESXi 6.0 image will be available @ Dell support site within two weeks of time (Tentatively mid of July'15 ). We will keep you posted.

  • Today is July 14th. Any updates?

  • Any update on VRTX support for 6.0?

  • ISO with VTRX support;fileId=3472506625&osCode=XI60&productCode=poweredge-m630p&languageCode=EN&categoryId=EC

  • I see the R720 is supported for ESX 6 but not R720XD. I need to move to VSAN 6, but there is no ESX6 ISO available for download for my new servers. Can you please shed some light?

  • Any Updates to Update 1 on ESXi 6.0?

  • Thanks for checking. We are working on it and update the image availability in a week time.



  • Any new updates on the Dell Custom Image for vSphere 6 Update 1?

  • ESXi 6.0 Update 1 image is available @ Dell support site.

  • Perfect, thanks alot. Didnt find it when checking early monday.