Networking Connectivity
Intel® Server Adapters
Will my Intel® Ethernet Adapter work with VMware*?

Intel® Ethernet devices are widely supported in various versions of VMware* ESX Server.

VMware*, Inc. maintains hardware compatibility guides for various versions of VMware* ESX Server. However, you should contact your system hardware vendor directly before adding an Intel® Ethernet Adapter to a certified system.

Which Intel® Ethernet Adapters do you recommend for VMware vSphere* 5.1?
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter and VMware vSphere 5.1 Product Reference (Product Selector)

How do I find Intel® Ethernet Adapters and drivers in the VMware* Compatibility Guide?

  1. Go to the VMware* Compatibility Guide: I/O Device Search
  2. Select Product Release Version: Pick the product version (optional)
  3. Select Brand Name: Intel
  4. Select I/O Device Type: Network
  5. In Keyword enter part of the device name in quotes. For example “ET2 Quad” or “X520-DA2”
  6. Optional for SR-IOV:  In Features select SR-IOV
  7. In the Search Results click on the adapter name in the model column.
  8. In the Model Release Details you will see a list of all releases and compatible device drivers.
  9. To see details on the release and driver including a link to the driver download site expand the row by clicking on the “+”.

Hints for finding and downloading the driver
Copy the Device Driver(s) information before following the link for VMware* downloads. You can paste this information into the downloads search box to find the correct driver to download.
Example: ixgbe version 3.7.13

Check the title in the download search results for your VMware* operating system version to find the link for the correct driver.

Note Driver types are inbox or async:
  • The inbox driver is the version that is included by VMware* in the ESX/ESXi ISO image.
  • The async driver is posted on the VMware* driver support site and provides updates to the inbox driver.

Where do I get technical support?
Technical support for VMware* driver and operating system issues are provided by VMware* Support or through the VMware* Communities. Intel does not provide technical support for VMware* driver and operating system issues.

Warranty service for defective retail Intel® Ethernet Adapters is available from Intel Customer Support.

The driver title lists supported Intel® Ethernet controllers. How do I know if this is the correct driver for my Intel® Ethernet Adapter?
The table below contains a mapping of recent Intel® Ethernet Adapters to their respective controllers and VMware* driver.

Driver Controller Adapter
ixgbe Intel® Ethernet Controller X540 Series Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T1
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T2
Intel® 82599 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 Series (-SR2, -SR1, -LR1, -DA2, -T2, etc.)
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520 Series (-SR2, -SR1, -LR1, -DA2, -T2, etc.)
Intel® 82598 10 Gigabit Ethernet Controller Intel® 10 Gigabit AF DA Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit XF SR Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit XF SR Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit XF LR Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit CX4 Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit AT2 Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit AT Server Adapter
igb Intel® Ethernet Controller I350 Series Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350 Series (-T2, -T4, -F2, -F4)
Intel® 82580 Gigabit Ethernet Controller Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I340 Series (-T4, -F4)
Intel® 82576 Gigabit Ethernet Controller Intel® Gigabit ET2 Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit EF Dual Port Server Adapter

Related Topics:
VMware* Support
VMware* Communities
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter and VMware* vSphere 5.1 Product Reference (Product Selector)
Guest Operating System Support for SR-IOV in VMware vSphere 5.1* or Later
Simplified, High-Performance 10GbE Networks Based on a Single Virtual Distributed Switch, Managed by VMware* vSphere 5.1
Intel® Cloud Builder Reference Architecture VMware* vCloud™ Director Demo
Low virtual network I/O performance with Intel 1Gbps NIC using igb driver
VMware* vCloud 5.1 network troubleshooting by Gabrie van Zanten

This applies to:

Intel® 10 Gigabit AF DA Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit AT Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit CX4 Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit XF LR Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit XF SR Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® 10 Gigabit XF SR Server Adapter
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X520 Series
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T1
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X540-T2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I210-T1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I340-F4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I340-T4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-F2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-F4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter I350-T4
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520 Series
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-DA2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-LR1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-SR1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-SR2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-T2
Intel® Gigabit EF Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit ET2 Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® Gigabit VT Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 Intelligent Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 S Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100 Smart Adapter
Intel® PRO/100+ Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/100+ Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 F Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 Gigabit Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 GT Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MF Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MF Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MF Server Adapter (LX)
Intel® PRO/1000 MT Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MT Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 MT Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PF Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Dual Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Quad Port Low Profile Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Quad Port Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 PT Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 T Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 XF Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 XT Low Profile Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/1000 XT Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/10GbE CX4 Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/10GbE LR Server Adapter
Intel® PRO/10GbE SR Server Adapter

Solution ID: CS-029808
Last Modified: 23-Jun-2014
Date Created: 29-Sep-2008