Networking Connectivity
Intel® Server Adapters
Guest Operating System Support for SR-IOV in VMware vSphere* 5.1 and 5.5

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

The table lists the supported guest operating systems and VF drivers for use with VMware VMware vSphere* 5.1 and 5.5.

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 6.x* (32-bit and 64-bit) In-distro ixgbevf driver
ESXi 5.5 ixgbe version 3.7.13.7.14iov-11vmw inbox Windows Server 2012* vxn63x64 version 1.0.14.7 or later vxn63x64 version 1.0.14.7 or later
ESXi 5.5 ixgbe version 3.7.13.7.14iov-11vmw inbox Windows 8* vxn63x64 version 1.0.14.7 or later
ESXi 5.5 ixgbe version 3.7.13.7.14iov-11vmw inbox Windows Server 2008 R2* SP2 vxn62x64 version 1.0.14.7 or later
ESXi 5.5 ixgbe version 3.15.1.8 and later async Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x* (32-bit and 64-bit) In-distro ixgbevf driver
ESXi 5.5 ixgbe version 3.15.1.8 and later async Windows Server 2012* vxn63x64 version 1.0.14.7 or later
ESXi 5.5 ixgbe version 3.15.1.8 and later async Windows 8* vxn63x64 version 1.0.14.7 or later
ESXi 5.5 ixgbe version 3.15.1.8 and later async Windows Server 2008 R2* SP2 vxn62x64 version 1.0.14.7 or later
ESXi 5.1 ixgbe version 3.7.13.6iov-NAPI

inbox

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x* (32-bit and 64-bit) In-distro ixgbevf driver
ESXi 5.1 ixgbe version 3.7.13.6iov-NAPI

inbox

Windows Server 2012* vxn63x64 version 1.0.14.7 or later
ESXi 5.1 ixgbe version 3.7.13.6iov-NAPI

inbox

Windows 8* vxn63x64 version 1.0.14.7 or later
ESXi 5.1 ixgbe version 3.7.13.6iov-NAPI

inbox

Windows Server 2008 R2* SP2 vxn62x64 version 1.0.14.7 or later
ESXi 5.1 ixgbe version 3.14.3 and later

async

Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x
(32-bit and 64-bit)
In-distro ixgbevf driver
ESXi 5.1 ixgbe version 3.14.3 and later

async

Windows Server 2012 vxn63x64 version 1.0.14.7 or later
ESXi 5.1 ixgbe version 3.14.3 and later

async

Windows 8 vxn63x64 version 1.0.14.7 or later
ESXi 5.1 ixgbe version 3.14.3 and later

async

Windows Server 2008 R2 SP2 vxn62x64 version 1.0.14.7 or later

Related Topics:
FAQs: Using SR-IOV with Intel® Ethernet Server Adapters
Will my Intel® Ethernet Adapter work with VMware*?

This applies to:

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 X520-DA2
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-LR1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-SR1
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-SR2

Solution ID: CS-034101
Last Modified: 09-Oct-2013
Date Created: 10-Mar-2013
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