Gigabyte GA-Z170N-WIFI temperature sensors in VMware Esxi 5.5 U3


I installed the free VMware Esxi 5.5 U3 on a Gigabyte GA-Z170N-WIFI Intel Z170 but I cannot see any temperature sensors under the configuration/health status tab, and ther is no "Others" category either. I tried installing Vcenter as it is in the grace 60 day trial period, just in case, but I get exactly the same options under  the "Hardware Status" tab.

The board does not support IPMI but I was wondering is there a way to get the temperature readings in the BIOS into VMware? Do I need to bundle up any drivers in the Esxi installation media, or just add them to the Esxi host post installation?

Many thanks!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It does not surprise me as your motherboard, is not on the HCL. VMware vSphere Hypervisor, has a very small footprint, and limited hardware supports, other than what is on the HCL.

You need a server which is supported and on the HCL, or you need drivers and components which interface with ESXi.

Check the VMware Hardware Compatability Lists HCL here

The VMware Hardware Compatibility List is the detailed lists showing actual vendor devices that are either physically tested or are similar to the devices tested by VMware or VMware partners. Items on the list are tested with VMware products and are known to operate correctly.Devices which are not on the list may function, but will not be supported by VMware.

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Besides what hanccocka already mentioned, most server manufacturers have their own ESXi build which you can download from that manufacturer, and that build includes the drivers for their hardware and RAID controllers which are in the ESXi HCL.
Configuration/Health status is on ESXi 6
On ESXi 5.5 sensors are in hardware status tab
Missing piece is CIM driver, probably from intel, but maybe not
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