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VMware vSphere ‘Unofficial’ Network Card Compatibility Matrix
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There has been quite a bit of discussion on a few of my vSphere lab posts around what network cards work (and don’t work) with the various versions of VMware ESX/ESXi.  As such I thought it useful to put together a VMware vSphere Network Card Compatibility Matrix which I will keep populated with the details of those network cards I own and know to work with the various versions of VMware ESX/ESXi.  I will add this post to the site’s list of permanent pages here at the top of the page as a resource for others.

VMware vSphere Network Card Compatibility MatrixLet’s make this matrix a useful community project so feel free to leave a comment at the bottom of this post (template below) with details on those network cards that you have found to work or not work, I will add them to this compatibility matrix.  Of course, this matrix will contain those network cards both on and off of the official VMware hardware compatibility matrix which can be found here.

 

Make Model Ports Speed Format

ESX/ESXi 3.5

ESX/ESXi 4.0

ESX/ESXi 4.1

HP NIC NC150T 4 1Gb PCIe

Good to go!

Good to go!

Good to go!

VMware vSphere ‘Unofficial’ Network Card Compatibility Matrix NC364T 4 1Gb PCIe

Good to go!

Good to go!

Good to go!

image NC380T 2 1Gb PCIe

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image ML110 G6 Embedded (NC107i) 1 1Gb Embedded

Good to go!

Good to go!

Good to go!

image ML115 G5 Embedded (NC105i) 1 1Gb Embedded Good to go! Good to go!

Good to go!

image Pro 1000PT 2 1Gb PCIe

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VMware vSphere ‘Unofficial’ Network Card Compatibility Matrix Pro 1000PT (Intel) 2 1Gb PCIe

Unknown

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image nForce630a
(MCP68PVNT)
1 1Gb Embedded Not Compatible

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Cut and paste the fields below when contributing your own network card to the comments section – Thanks Smile

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Make:

Model:

Ports:

Speed:

Format:

ESX/ESXi 3.5:

ESX/ESXi 4.0:

ESX/ESXi 4.1:

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4 Comments to “VMware vSphere ‘Unofficial’ Network Card Compatibility Matrix”

Make: Intel
Model: Gigabit ET
Ports: 2/4
Speed: 1Gb
Format: PCIe
ESX/ESXi 3.5: untested
ESX/ESXi 4.0: untested
ESX/ESXi 4.1: Yes

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Make: IBM
Model: PRO/1000 PT Quad Port Server Adapter by Intel (39Y6136)
Ports: 4
Speed: 1Gb
Format: PCIe
ESX/ESXi 3.5: Untested
ESX/ESXi 4.0: Yes
ESX/ESXi 4.1: Yes

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Make: HP

Model: NC150T

Ports: 1 (internal) 4 External – Built in switch

Speed: 1 Gb

Format: PCI

ESX/ESXi 3.5: Yes

ESX/ESXi 4.0: Yes

ESX/ESXi 4.1: Yes

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Make: nVidia

Model: nForce630a(MCP68PVNT; embedded)

Ports: 1

Speed: 1Gb

Format: embedded (mine are on Asus M2N-VM DVI boards)

ESX/ESXi 3.5: NO

ESX/ESXi 4.0: Yes

ESX/ESXi 4.1: Yes

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