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VMware ESXi 6.0 I/O driver information: certified 5.5 I/O drivers are compatible with vSphere 6.0 (2111492)

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Purpose

This article describes Input/Output (I/O) driver support with VMware ESXi 6.0 and related implications for vSphere 6.0 only features.

Resolution

ESXi 6.0 supports I/O drivers built and certified on ESXi 5.5 (ESXi 5.5-based) in addition to I/O drivers built and certified on ESXi 6.0 (ESXi 6.0-based). The VMware Compatibility Guide lists both ESXi 5.5-based and ESXi 6.0-based drivers as supported with ESXi 6.0. 

Note: ESXi 5.5-based drivers lack support for new ESXi 6.0 only features.


New Features available only on ESXi 6.0-based I/O drivers

Certified features are listed in the Model Release Details page of the VMware Compatibility Guide for each driver version where applicable.

Here is the list of new features for I/O drivers in ESXi 6.0:
  • DIF/DIX Type 1 for Storage Drivers
  • DIF/DIX Type 3 for Storage Drivers
  • DIF/DIX Type 1 and 3 for Storage Drivers
  • Secondary LUNID (Enables VVols) for Storage Drivers
  • UEFI boot for Storage Drivers
  • IPv6 for iSCSI Drivers
Note: Always check the VMware Compatibility Guide to determine what features are supported by a given I/O driver and device.

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