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Firmware catalog for Dell customized VMware ESXi images

Summary: Dell's firmware catalogs for customized versions of Dell's VMware ESXi releases. When the Dell customized ESXi versions are used along with corresponding firmware catalogs, the end toSee more

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  1. This firmware catalog is meant to be used only for VMware ESXi usecases. This catalog is unsupported for VMware vSAN. For vSAN, you may refer to firmware catalogs released specific to Dell's selected VMware vSAN readynodes (OR) Refer to Dell | VMware vSAN HCL for the specific firmware versions. Please seek additional guidance from your aligned Dell account team if you need further details.
  2. Dell releases new and refreshed catalogs for customized VMware ESXi images on a quarterly basis. Up to N-1 of the Dell customized VMware ESXi ISO image will have refreshed catalogs.

What is a firmware catalog?

A firmware catalog is an aggregation of all firmware bundles that is supported on multiple generations of Dell servers.

Firmware catalogs for Dell customized VMware ESXi

Dell started releasing firmware catalogs for Dell customized versions of VMware ESXi releases. The intent of this catalog is to announce the recommended firmware versions for Dell customized versions of VMware ESXi for various server models and peripherals. NOTE that the catalog contain firmware versions for all the generations of servers and corresponding peripherals. Hence it's advised that end users go through the compatibility matrix carefully to assess the support stance for the specific server model and the peripheral that they use for a specific version of VMware ESXi. The compatibility guides of various versions of Dell customized VMware ESXi is found at Dell Support as below.

The driver versions that are integrated into Dell customized VMware ESXi images are documented in 7.x and 6.x customization guides. Below table maps the recommended firmware for Dell customized VMware ESXi images. This is a living document and gets modified as and when new catalogs are released.

  • The file named ESXi_Catalog.xml.gz is the compressed version of catalog file.
  • ESXi_Catalog.xml.gz.sign is the signature associated with the specific file. Note that some of the Dell provided userspace applications which consume the catalog file may need the signature file as well to verify the checksum.
firmware catalogs for Dell Customized VMware ESXi
Dell Customized
VMware ESXi Revision
Release date Version Catalog Location
VMware ESXi 6.5 U1 A04 7th Nov 2017 17.11.07
VMware ESXi 6.0 U3 A05 19th Oct 2017
VMware ESXi 6.5 U1 A05 14th Dec 2017 18.01.26
VMware ESXi 6.0 U3 A07 14th Dec 2017
VMware ESXi 6.7 A01 23rd Apr 2018 18.17.01
VMware ESXi 6.5 U1 A11 14th Jun 2018
VMware ESXi 6.7 A03 28th Aug 2018 18.09.27
VMware ESXi 6.5 U2 A03 4th Sept 2018
VMware ESXi 6.7 A05 04th Sep 2018 18.12.01
VMware ESXi 6.5 U2 A04 10th Sep 2018
VMware ESXi 6.7 U1 A02 30th Nov 2018 19.01.18
VMware ESXi 6.5 U2 A06
VMware ESXi 6.7 U1 A04 12th Mar 2019 19.04.00
VMware ESXi 6.7 U1 A05 19th April 2019 19.05.30
VMware ESXi 6.5 U2 A10  
VMware ESXi 6.7 U2 A00 25th April 2019 19.07.30
VMware ESXi 6.7 U2 A03 17th September 2019 19.10.23
VMware ESXi 6.5 U3 A01 19th September 2019
VMware ESXi 6.7 U3 A02 20th November 2019 20.01.08
VMware ESXi 6.5 U3 A03 11th December 2019
VMware ESXi 6.7 U3 A04 18th February 2020 20.03.10
VMware ESXi 6.5 U3 A05
VMware ESXi 7.0 A00 2nd Apr 2020 20.06.28
VMware ESXi 7.0 A01 23rd June 2020 20.08.15
VMware ESXi 7.0 A02
VMware ESXI 6.7 U3 A05 13th July 2020
VMware ESXi 7.0U1 A00 6th October 2020 20.12.28
VMware ESXi 6.7U3 A07 25th November 2020
VMware ESXi 6.7U3 A08 15th Dec 2020
VMware ESXi 7.0U1 A01 15th Jan 2021
VMware ESXi 7.0U2 A00 11th Mar 2021
VMware ESXi 7.0U1 A05 07th May 2021 21.04.22
VMware ESXi 6.7U3 A10 13th April 2021
VMware ESXi 6.7U3 A11 30th Jun 2021 21.06.30
VMware ESXi 7.0U2 A01
VMware ESXi 7.0U2 A03
VMware ESXi 7.0U2 A04
VMware ESXi 6.7U3 A13 19th Nov 2021 21.10.13
VMware ESXi 7.0U2 A05
VMware ESXi 6.7U3 A14 15th Nov 2021 21.11.15
VMware ESXi 7.0U2 A06
VMware ESXi 7.0U2 A07
VMware ESXi 6.7U3 A15 1st Feb 2022 22.02.01
VMware ESXi 7.0U2 A06
VMware ESXi 7.0U2 A07
VMware ESXi 7.0U3 A02
VMware ESXi 6.7 Update 3 A16 19th Apr 2022 22.04.19
VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 3 A03
VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 3 A04
VMware ESXi 6.7 Update 3 A17
VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 3 A05
VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 3 A06
15th July 2022 22.07.15
VMware ESXi 6.7 Update 3 A18
VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 3 A06
VMware ESXi 7.0 Update 3 A07
23rd September 2022 22.09.23
  • Starting catalog version 22.02.01, Dell started providing a firmware version report as well along with catalog payload and signature file. This helps the users to review the firmware versions in an HTML format with out using any external utilities.

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VMware ESXi, VMware ESXi 6.5.X, VMware ESXi 6.7.X, VMware ESXi 6.x, VMware ESXi 7.x

Last Published Date

25 Oct 2022



Article Type

How To