FAQ: Recommendation for Driver/Firmware
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FAQ: Recommendation for Driver/Firmware


Article ID: 318542


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VMware vSphere ESXi


This article provides information on frequently used questions and answers regarding Driver/Firmware.


VMware vSphere 6.x
VMware vSphere 7.0.x
VMware vSphere 5.x


  1. Who develops the Driver/Firmware?

    VMware does not develop or test Drivers. The Hardware Vendor develops, tests, and certifies the driver and the firmware for their components. VMware has very few specific drivers which are developed by VMware.
Driver Types:
vmklinux - linux library dependent
Native - written for ESXi without use of linux libraries.
Note: ESXi 7.0 no longer includes these libraries, so all drivers must be Native.

Inbox - VMware built-in to ESXi install
Async - Hardware Vendor provided, sometimes with links from VMware for convenience.
  1. What does the Hardware Compatibility list contain?

    The VMware Hardware Compatibility List is the collection point for these Information as provided by the vendor, so that the customer does not have to contact the Vendors for each component. 
  2. Where can I find the updates on the drivers and firmware?

    For the latest updates and information regarding Drivers and Firmware, VMware recommends to contact the Hardware Vendors directly.

Additional Information

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