Dell VMware ESXi 6.0

ESXi 6.0 is next major version from VMware targeted as The Best Virtualization Platform, for any application at scale & operational Efficiency.

Dell as OEM partner supports ESXi 6.0 on PowerEdge Servers 10G - 13G with latest Intel C610 chipset, Haswell Processors, PERC9 controllers & FX2 chassis

Supports following 4 socket, 2 Socket & 1 socket PowerEdge Servers
  • Shipping Servers:
    • R730, R730Xd, R630, R530, R430, R920, R820, R720, R720xd, R620, R520, R420, R320, R220, R815, R715, R515, R415, M830, FC830, M630, FC630, FC430, M820, M620, M520, M420, M915, T630, T430, T620, T420, T320
  • Sustenance Servers:
    • R810, R710, R610, M910, M710, M710HD, M610, M610x, T710, T610

Dell customized ESXi 6.0 Image starts shipping with factory install & Drop in box options from 4/7/15.

Dell system Management Software Open Manager 8.1 supports ESXi 6.0

What’s new in this release?

Native support for Express Flash NVMe PCIe SSD devices
VMware virtual volumes is introduced from ESXi 6.0 which is being utilized by Dell Equallogic plugins
vSAN is enhanced with Disk serviceability and RACK awareness for failover
Comparing with previous versions of ESXi, the number of MSI-X vectors availability is increased to 4096 in ESXi 6.0 which is an advantage for high end servers populated with more peripherals.
Introduction of USB 3.0
Increased MMIO addressing is no longer under 44 bits

VMware vSphere 5

VMware vSphere 5 (ESXi 5) is a virtualization platform used for building cloud infrastructures. vSphere 5 represents a migration from the ESX architecture to the ESXi architecture.

The ESX architecture consists of the virtualization kernel, also known as the vmkernel, and a management partition known as the console operating system (COS or service console). The COS allowed management interface into the ESX host. On the other hand, the ESXi architecture removes the Console OS so all the VMware agents run directly on the vmkernel. Infrastructure services are provided natively through modules included with the vmkernel. Authorized 3rd party modules such as hardware drivers and hardware monitoring components can run in vmkernel as well. Only modules with VMware's digital signature are allowed to run on the system.
Capability ESX 4.1 ESXi 4.1 ESXi 5.0
Service Console Yes No No
Admin/config CLIs SC/COS + vCLI PowerCLI + vCLI PowerCLI + vCLI
Advanced Troubleshooting COS/SC Tech Support Mode ESXi Shell
Scripted Installation Supported Supported Supported
Boot from SAN Supported Supported Supported
SNMP Supported Supported - limited Supported
Active Directory Integrated Integrated Integrated
HW Monitoring 3rd party agents in COS/SC CIM Providers CIM Providers
Serial Port Connectivity Supported Not Supported Not Supported
Jumbo Frames Supported Supported Supported
Rapid deploy & central management of hosts via Auto Deploy Not Supported Not Supported Supported
Custom image creation and management Not Supported Not Supported Supported
Secure syslog Not Supported Not Supported Supported
Management interface firewall Supported Not Supported Supported

Table 1: VMware's table

For VMware's detailed comparison, refer to the VMware Knowledge Base article 1023990.

VMware vSphere 5 Layers & Services

VMware vSphere 5 includes three major layers: Virtualization, Management and Interface. The Virtualization layer includes infrastructure and application services. The Management layer is central for configuring, provisioning and managing virtualized environments. The Interface layer includes the vSphere client and the vSphere web client.

VMware vSphere 5 and its services enumerate out as:
  • Infrastructure Services:
    • Compute
    • Storage
    • Network components
  • Application Services:
    • Availability
    • Security
    • Scalability
  • Management Services:
    • vSphere web client
    • VMware vCenter Server Appliance

VMware vSphere Component Layer Diagram


Figure 1: VMware vSphere Component Layer Diagram

Virtualization Infrastructure Layer

The virtualization layer consists of the ESXi hypervisor and incorporates the application services. VMware vSphere virtualizes the IT infrastructure consisting of servers, storage, and networks. These resources are aggregated and can be presented as a uniform set of elements in the virtual environment.

Management Layer

VMware vCenter Server provides centralized management for datacenters. VMware vCenter Server provides a 1:many view into the physical resources from multiple ESXi hosts and presents a central collection of flexible resources for the system administrator to provision to virtual machines in the virtual environment. VMware vCenter Server components are user access control, core services, distributed services, plug-ins, and various interfaces.

Interface Layer

Users can access a VMware vSphere datacenter through the vSphere Client, through a Web browser with vSphere Web Client, through a command line interface, or terminal services.

VMware vSphere 5

  • VMware ESXi 6.x
    • VMware ESXi 6 vMotion Support for Dell PowerEdge Systems Compatibility Matrix
    • VMware vSphere 6 for Dell PowerEdge Systems Compatibility Matrix
    • VMware vSphere — Important Information
    • VMware ESXi 6.x Dell Image Customization Information
    • VMware vSphere 6 on Dell PowerEdge system Release Notes
    • Dell PowerEdge Systems Running VMware vSphere Getting Started Guide
    • VMware ESXi 6 for Dell PowerEdge Systems Installation Instructions and Important Information Guide
  • VMware ESXi 5.x
    • VMware vSphere 5 On Dell PowerEdge Systems Deployment Guide
    • VMware vMotion and 64-bit Virtual Machine Support for Dell PowerEdge Systems Compatibility Matrix Dell PowerEdge Systems Running VMware vSphere Getting Started Guide
    • VMware vSphere 5 on Dell PowerEdge and Storage Systems Compatibility Matrix
    • ESXi 5.x Image Customization Information
    • Upgrade Guide to ESXi 5.5 Using Dell Customized Image
    • VMware Virtual SAN Product Information Guide
    • VMware vSphere 5 on Dell PowerEdge systems Release Notes
    • VMware ESXi 5.x VMware vSphere - Important Information


Whitepapers and Blogs



Supported Operating Systems for Dell PowerEdge System playlist on YouTube

Downloading the drivers from the Dell support site

  • Go to Dell.com/support/home. Click View products.
  • Click Server, Storage, and Networking, and then click PowerEdge.
  • Select the appropriate PowerEdge system, and click Drivers and downloads.
  • Next, select the appropriate version of operating system.
  • Now download the driver file as per your requirement.

VMware - Support on the Dell PowerEdge Servers

  • VMware 6.x - Support on Dell PowerEdge Servers:
  • VMware 5.5 - Support on Dell PowerEdge Servers:

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Last Date Modified: 08/14/2018 05:19 AM

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