vSphere 6 – new virtual hardware version 11 (vHW11)

With vSphere 6 VMware introduced a new virtual hardware version, too – vHW11.

This new hardware version enables new maximum configurations and features listed below. Below you can find a list with enhancements and a compatiblity list showing vSphere Version to supported virtual hardware versions.

New configuration maximums for virtual machines with vHW11:

  • 128 vCPUs
  • 4 TB vRAM
  • 32 serial ports

New features with vHW11:

  • vNUMA aware hot-add RAM
  • WDDM 1.1 GDI acceleration
  • USB 3.0 xHCI controller
  • extended support for virtual graphics incl. Nvidia vGPU

Expanded Guest OS Support:

  • Solaris 11.2
  • Oracle Unbreakable Enterprise Kernel Release 3 Quaterly Update 3
  • Asanux 4 SP4
  • Ubuntu 12.04.5 and 14.04.1
  • Oracle Linux 7
  • FreeBSD 9.3
  • Mac OSX 10.10

Compatibility list virtual hardware version to ESXi/vCenter Server version:

 vHW11vHW10vHW9vHW8vHW7vHW4
vCenter Server 6
ESXi 6
vCenter Server 5.5
ESXi 5.5
-
vCenter Server 5.1
ESXi 5.1
--
vCenter Server 5.0
ESXi 5.0
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vCenter Server 4.x
ESXi 4.x
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vCenter Server 2.x and later
ESXi 3.x
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supported = compatible: create, edit and run

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