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Software and Hardware Compatibility for Intel® Ethernet DCB and FCoE Drivers

Last Reviewed: 15-Dec-2016
Article ID: 000006596

Intel® Network Connections software version 15.4 and later include Intel® Ethernet DCB Service for FCoE. This page lists the latest software and hardware compatibility and certification information.

Latest driver and software downloads including FCoE support
Windows Server 2012*
Windows Server 2008 R2*
Windows Server 2008*

Intel® Ethernet converged network adapters supporting Intel® Ethernet DCB Service for FCoE

Description Product Code MM#
Intel® Converged Network Adapter X540-T1 X540T1 914246
Intel® Converged Network Adapter X540-T2 X540T2 914248
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-DA2 E10G42BTDA 900139
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-SR1 E10G41BFSR 900141
Intel® Ethernet Server Adapter X520-SR2 E10G42BFSR 900137

Certification status

Intel® Network Connections software version 15.4 and later includes an FCoE initiator for Windows Server 2008* and 2008 R2. Linux-based FCoE initiators are available in different distributions. The FCoE initiator is going through the qualification process at various storage target vendors.



Microsoft* WHQL Yes
VMware* ESXi 5.0 Verified
EMC Elabs*  

Driver version details

Individually upgrading/downgrading the FCoE driver will not work; the entire FCoE package must be the same version. Upgrade the entire FCoE package using the appropriate Intel® Network Connections software only.

Intel® Network
Connections Version

EMC or Netapp Certified


FCoE Drivers

18.3 None
18.2 EMC
18.1 None
18.0 EMC, Netapp
17.4 None
Windows Server 2008* and R2
17.2, 17.3
Windows Server 2012*
Windows Server 2008* and R2
17.1 Netapp
16.8, 17.0 EMC
16.7 None
16.6 EMC
16.5 Netapp
16.4 None
16.2 EMC, Netapp
16.0 None
15.8 None
15.4.3 EMC
15.4.2 Netapp
15.4.1 Netapp
15.4 None

Compatible switches



FCoE Switches


Brocade Brocade 8000
Cisco Nexus 5010
  Nexus 5020

FC Switches


Brocade Brocade 4800
Cisco MDS 9124
  MDS 9216A
  MDS 9222i

Supported operating systems

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012*
    Note Intel® Ethernet DCB Service for FCoE is not compatible with Microsoft Server 2012* Native NIC Teaming
    Intel® Ethernet DCB Service for FCoE is incompatible with Microsoft Server 2012* NIC Teaming, also known as load balancing/failover (LBFO).
    • Do not create an LBFO team using Intel® Ethernet 10 gigabit ports when Intel® Ethernet DCB Service for FCoE is installed.
    • Do not install Intel® Ethernet DCB Service for FCoE if Intel Ethernet 10 gigabit ports are part of an LBFO team.

    Install failures and persistent link loss may occur if Intel® Ethernet DCB Service for FCoE and LBFO are used on the same port.

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2*, SP1 - Standard, Datacenter or Enterprise
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 SP2 - Standard, Datacenter or Enterprise
  • Novell SUSE Linux Enterprise 11*, SP1 and SP2
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.x*
  • VMware* ESXi 5.0
Related topic
FAQ: Intel® Ethernet DCB Service for FCoE