ESXi server and a 10 (ten) gig network card (nic)

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Hi, I wanted to add a 10 gig network card to an ESXi 6.7 server that I ordered from Dell 6 months ago.  Question, does ESXi nativly support that, is there a compatibilty chart out therere?  and once it's added, does the guest machine get that speed?

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Question, does ESXi nativly support that, is there a compatibilty chart out therere?  and once it's added, does the guest machine get that speed?

1. Yes, if it's on the HCL.

You *MUST* learn, any device or server...

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.

http://www.vmware.com/go/hcl


does the guest machine get that speed?

The 10GBe network interface is connected *ALWAYS* to the host vSwitch, which in turn is connected to a virtual machine portgroup, which depending upon how you've configured your virtual machine network interface may support a virtual network interface of 10Gbe.

e.g. install VMware Tools and use the VMXNET3 interface.

If you are using any other network interface in your VM, you've setup your VM incorrectly.

Remember you need to add physical uplinks in pairs to reduce a single point of failure.

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Thank you Andrew, just what the dr. ordered.

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