Using the VMware Hardware Compatibility List (HCL)

VMware's Hardware Compatibility List (HCL) is a database of all tested and supported physical hardware. The physical hardware chosen to support the created design must be checked against the HCL to ensure that it will be supported. This includes storage devices, I/O devices, and servers. It is important to ensure not only that the hardware vendor and model is supported, but also the firmware version of the hardware.

Verifying supportability against the HCL is important not only for new designs, but also when upgrading a design from one version to another on vSphere. Legacy hardware is often removed from the HCL when new versions of vSphere are released.

How to do it…

To verify whether or not a certain ...

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