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Guest Operating System Support for SR IOV in VMware vSphere* 5.5 and 6.0


Last Reviewed: 21-Oct-2016
Article ID: 000006958

Intel provides virtual function (VF) drivers for use with VMware vSphere* certified physical function (PF) drivers, when used with Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapters X520, X540, X710 and XL710 Series.

The tables list the supported guest operating systems and VF drivers for use with VMware vSphere* 5.5 and 6.0.


Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapters X520 and X540 Series

Host OS PF Driver Driver Type Guest OS (GOS) GOS VF Driver
ESXi 5.5 ixgbe version 3.7.13.7.14iov-11vmw inbox Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.x* (32-bit and 64-bit)SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12* (32-bit and 64-bit) In-distro ixgbevf driver or version 2.16.1 or later
ESXi 5.5 ixgbe version 3.7.13.7.14iov-11vmw inbox Windows Server 2008 R2* SP2 vxn62x64 version 1.0.15.4 or later
ESXi 5.5 ixgbe version 3.7.13.7.14iov-11vmw inbox Windows Server 2012* vxn63x64 version 1.0.15.4 or later
ESXi 5.5 ixgbe version 3.7.13.7.14iov-11vmw inbox Windows Server 2012 R2* vxn64x64 version 1.0.16.1 or later
ESXi 5.5 ixgbe version 3.4.23 and later async Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.x (32-bit and 64-bit)SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 (32-bit and 64-bit) In-distro ixgbevf driver or version 2.16.1 or later
ESXi 5.5 ixgbe version 3.4.23 and later async Windows Server 2008 R2 SP2 vxn62x64 version 1.0.15.4 or later
ESXi 5.5 ixgbe version 3.4.23 and later async Windows Server 2012 vxn63x64 version 1.0.15.4 or later
ESXi 5.5 ixgbe version 3.4.23 and later async Windows Server 2012 R2 vxn64x64 version 1.0.16.1 or later
ESXi 6.0 ixgbe version 3.7.13.7.14iov-20vmw inbox Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.x (32-bit and 64-bit)SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 (32-bit and 64-bit) In-distro ixgbevf driver or version 2.16.1 or later
ESXi 6.0 ixgbe version 3.7.13.7.14iov-20vmw inbox Windows Server 2008 R2 SP2 vxn62x64 version 1.0.15.4 or later
ESXi 6.0 ixgbe version 3.7.13.7.14iov-20vmw inbox Windows Server 2012 vxn63x64 version 1.0.15.4 or later
ESXi 6.0 ixgbe version 3.7.13.7.14iov-20vmw inbox Windows Server 2012 R2 vxn64x64 version 1.0.16.1 or later
ESXi 6.0 ixgbe version 3.21.4 and later async Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x* (32-bit and 64-bit)SUSE Linux Enterprise Server 12 (32-bit and 64-bit) In-distro ixgbevf driver or version 2.16.1 or later
ESXi 6.0 ixgbe version 3.21.4 and later async Windows Server 2008 R2 vxn62x64 version 1.0.15.4 or later
ESXi 6.0 ixgbe version 3.21.4 and later async Windows Server 2012 vxn63x64 version 1.0.15.4 or later
ESXi 6.0 ixgbe version 3.21.4 and later async Windows Server 2012 R2 vxn64x64 version 1.0.16.1 or later


Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapters X710 and XL710 Series

Host OS PF Driver Driver Type Guest OS (GOS) GOS VF Driver
ESXi 5.5 i40e version 1.3.38 async Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x & 7.x (64-bit Only) In-distro i40evf driver or version 1.2.34 or later
ESXi 5.5 i40e version 1.3.38 async Windows Server 2012 R2 v40e64 version 1.0.67.0 or later
ESXi 6.0 i40e version 1.3.38 async Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x & 7.x (64-bit Only) In-distro i40evf driver or version 1.2.34 or later
ESXi 6.0 i40e version 1.3.38 async Windows Server 2012 R2 v40e64 version 1.0.67.0 or later
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