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Intel® Ethernet Adapters Compatibility with VMware*


Last Reviewed: 19-May-2017
Article ID: 000005693

Various versions of VMware* ESX Server widely support Intel® Ethernet devices.

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

 

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

  1. Go to 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 Search Results, click the adapter name in the model column
  8. In Model Release Details, view the list of all releases and compatible device drivers
  9. For details on the release and driver, including a link to the driver download site, click + to expand the row

Tips to find and download the driver

  • Copy the Device Driver(s) information before going to the VMware downloads.
  • Paste the Device Driver 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 correct driver.
Note Driver types are inbox or async:
  • The inbox driver - version included by VMware in the ESX/ESXi ISO image
  • The async driver - posted on the VMware driver support site and updates 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.

Check with Intel Customer Support about warranty service for defective retail Intel Ethernet Adapters.

The driver title lists supported Intel® Ethernet Controllers. How do I know if the driver is correct for my Intel® Ethernet Adapter?

See the table below for recent Intel Ethernet Adapters mapped to controllers and VMware drivers.

Driver Controller Adapter
i40e Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter XL710 Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter XL710
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X710 Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter X710
Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter XXV710 Series Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter XXV710 and Intel® Ethernet Converged Network Adapter XXV710 OCP
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
Intel® 82571 Gigabit Ethernet Controller Intel® PRO/1000 PT Dual/Quad Port Server Adapter
 
Related topics
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
Low virtual network I/O performance with Intel® 1Gbps NIC using igb driver

This article applies to:

Active Products

Intel® Ethernet Controller XL710-BM1
Intel® Ethernet Controller XL710-BM2
Intel® Ethernet Controller X710-BM2
Intel® Ethernet Controller X540-AT2
Intel® 82567 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Intel® 82567 Gigabit Ethernet Controller
Intel® QuickAssist Adapter 8920

Discontinued Products