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Motherboards and unsupported servers that work with ESX 3.5 and / or ESXi 3.5 Installable
Lasted updated - 2009.08.05

If you're looking for systems and components that work with ESX / ESXi 4.0, please see the list here.

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This table contains a list of systems, motherboards and SATA controllers that have been tested and found to work with ESX 3.5 or ESXi 3.5 Installable. Please check out the source column for a system you are considering using as some systems will include special steps to enable ESX / ESXi to run on that system or have other issues to overcome. None of these systems are supported by VMWare for running ESX. For a list of those systems please see this PDF. In same cases for ESXi, the system may be booting from a USB flash drive and be using no local storage.

If you have tested a system that is not listed here, please post your specs in the whitebox forum.

NOTE: this list includes a number of SATA controllers that provide RAID functionily via a software component in the drivers supplied with the controller. Examples would be the Intel ICH series, Adaptec HostRAID cards and the nVidia MCP series. ESX 3.5 and ESXi 3.5 do not support that software RAID functionality thus you will only be able to access the individual drives connected to controllers such as these.

Other whitebox lists:     http://ultimatewhitebox.com/     

NOTE: this list is no longer maintained. For additional systems tested with ESXi 3.5 please see the forum.

Model SATA / SCSI Controller ESX 3.5 ESXi Installable Source / Notes
Servers and PCs        
Dell Dimension C521 MCP51 SATA Controller Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/865116#865116
Dell Dimension E510   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1014873
Dell Dimension E521 Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/833706
Dell Inspiron 530 Intel ICH9R Working Tested by CraigH2008
Dell Inspiron 531 MCP61 SATA Controller Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/869489#869489
Dell Latitude D630 Intel ICH8M   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1090304   
Dell Optiplex GX270   Working   http://communities.vmware.com/message/1005707#1005707
Dell Optiplex GX280 Intel ICH6   Working Tested by Peter_vm    
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1136449 
www.vm-help.com/forum   
Dell Optiplex GX520     Working Tested by maytawn
Dell Optiplex GX620   Working Working http://communities.vmware.com/thread/158639
http://www.jasemccarty.com/blog/2008/07/vmware-esxi-optiplex-620.html
Dell Optiplex SX280   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1044091
Dell Optiplex 620   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1009839#1009839
Dell Optiplex 740   Working - see notes Tested by Rob van der Helm
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1026057
Problem with BIOS version
Dell Optiplex 745     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1123864   
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1138878   
Dell Optiplex 755 Intel ICH9 Working Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/986076#986076
Tested by TheKingNL
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1027137http://communities.vmware.com/message/1134078
Dell Optiplex 760     Working http://www.vm-help.com/forum/    
Dell Optiplex 960 Intel ICH10R   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1122833    
Dell PowerEdge R200 Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/879643
Dell PowerEdge SC440 LSI1068   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1024189
Dell PowerEdge SC1420   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1013510
Dell PowerEdge SC1425 Intel ICH5 / ICH5R   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1010720#1010720
Dell PowerEdge SC1430 Working Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/838709 
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1028230
Dell PowerEdge T100     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1240340
Dell PowerEdge T105     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1099205   
Dell PowerEdge T300 Intel ICH9R   Working  http://communities.vmware.com/message/1108640 http://communities.vmware.com/message/1041782
Dell PowerEdge T605     Working http://communities.vmware.com/thread/176271   
Dell PowerEdge 400C Intel ICH5   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1200282   
Dell PowerEdge 750     Working - see notes http://www.vm-help.com/forum/    
Dell PowerEdge 830   Working Working Tested by guyrleech
Dell PowerEdge 840 Using Adaptec 3405   Working Tested by dmarrow
Dell PowerEdge 850     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1045674 http://communities.vmware.com/message/1121332
Dell PowerEdge 860 SAS Perc 5/iR   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1015037
Dell PowerEdge 1400SC AMI RAID controller   Working Tested by Jarek Andrzejewski
Dell PowerEdge 1500     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/925448#925448
Dell PowerEdge 1600SC     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1173234   
Dell PowerEdge 1750 PERC 4E/SI/DI   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1174727    
Dell PowerEdge 1800     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1084289   
Dell PowerEdge 1850     Working http://communities.vmware.com/thread/158639
Dell PowerEdge 1900     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1010928
Dell PowerEdge 1950 Perc SAS5i   Working Tested by Kevin
Dell PowerEdge 2500 Perc 3/Di   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1007644#1007644
Dell PowerEdge 2600 Perc 4i   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1014946
Dell PowerEdge 2650     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1010630
Dell PowerEdge 2800     Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1024072
Dell PowerEdge 2850     Working Tested by jdustin
         
Dell PowerEdge 4400 Perc 3/Di Working Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1024987
Dell Precision 370     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1011871
Dell Precision 380 Intel ICH7   Working http://www.vm-help.com/forum/   
Dell Precision 390 Intel 82801GR/GH (ICH7 Family) Working Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/865057    
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1191623
     
Dell Precision 490   Working Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/880910 http://communities.vmware.com/message/1037572
Dell Precision 670 Intel ICH5 Working Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/883044#883044
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1012010#1012010
Dell Precision 690 LSI Logic SAS1068-IR Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/879530
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1036968
Dell Precision T3400 Intel ICH9   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1003991
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1191623   
Dell Precision T5400     Working Tested by Nick Couchman
Dell R200     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1027255
Dell R300   Working   http://communities.vmware.com/message/1027839
Dell SC 420 Intel ICH6/ICH6R   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1011465
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1058574
Dell SC 430 No local SATA support   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1009596
Dell SC 440   Working   http://communities.vmware.com/message/1009606#1009606
Dell SC1430   Working Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/917952#917952 
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1045477
Dell XPS 710     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1130869    
Dell XPS 720H2C     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1130869    
Dell XPS - M1330   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1055435
http://cyforce.org/sites/esxi/m1330-esxi.html
Dell XPS - M1710 Intel 82801/GHM (ICH7-M Family)  Working Tested by vm-help.com
Dell Vostro 200 Intel ICH9   Working Tested by Carlos   
Dell 2500 Perc3/DC Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/841595
         
Fujitsu-Siemens Primergy Econel 100 S2 Intel ICH9R   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1055639
Fujitsu-Siemens TX150 S2     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1025433
Fujitsu-Siemens TX150 S4     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1025433
         
HP A6330f MCP 61 SATA Controller Working   http://communities.vmware.com/message/953687#953687
HP Blade BL35p AMD-8111 IDE   Working - see notes www.vm-help.com/forum    
HP Compaq d530 - Small form factor (SFF) DG755A Intel 82801EB (ICH5) Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/833706 
HP Compaq dx2400 Intel ICH9   Working - see notes www.vm-help.com/forum   
HP Compaq Evo D510 CMT No local SATA support Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/887552#887552
HP D330 Intel 82801EB (ICH5 - PCI device id - 24d1) Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/850336#850336
HP D530 USDT Intel ICH5   Working Tested by Martin Strasdat
DP DC 5800 Intel ICH9   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1086449   
HP DC 7100 / 7600 / 7700 / 7800 Working

Working - see notes

See SATA problem for DC 7700
http://communities.vmware.com/message/833710#833710
DC 7600 http://communities.vmware.com/message/888483  
ESXi on DC7700 http://communities.vmware.com/message/1093579
HP DC 7700 Intel ICH8   Working http://www.vm-help.com/forum/   
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1232995   
HP DC 7800 See ESXi thread Working Working

ESX - http://communities.vmware.com/message/883734
ESXi -  http://communities.vmware.com/message/1081402  
ESXi - http://communities.vmware.com/message/1107742  

HP DL140 G1 Added Adaptec SA2420   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1025663
HP DL140 G2 Added LSI1078 MegaRAID SAS 8708ELP   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1194102    
HP DL145   Working   http://communities.vmware.com/message/1080847
HP DL160 G5     Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1186946    
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1024894
HP DL180 G5 Added HP Smart Array P800 or E200   Working - see notes

http://communities.vmware.com/message/1106401     
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1012569
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1113855  
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1171593   

HP DL320 G3     Working www.vm-help.com     
HP DL320 G5 Intel ICH9 Working   http://communities.vmware.com/message/1002432
HP DS320 G5p     Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1168784   
HP DL360 G2     Working - see notes http://www.vm-help.com/forum/    
HP DL360 G3 HP SmartArray 5i   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1010109
HP DL360 G4     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1027851
HP DL380 G2 HP SmartArray 5i   Working Tested by Peter
HP DL380 G5     Working (build 76563) Tested by cmsJustin
HP LH 3000 HP NetRAID Express 1si   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1035306
HP ML110 G4   Working   Tested by www.techhead.co.uk
http://communities.vmware.com/message/876332#876332
HP ML 110 G5 Intel ICH9 Working Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/964902#964902
ESXi - tested by Allards
HP ML115 G1 MCP55 SATA Controller Working   Tested by Reinhard Partmann - required update to sata_nv.xml  
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1142646   
HP HL115 G5     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1142646   
HP ML115 MCP55 SATA Controller Working Working Need to update sata_nv.xml - http://communities.vmware.com/thread/116768
ESXi - http://communities.vmware.com/message/1012550
HP ML150 G5 MCP55 SATA Controller Working Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1006514
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1060666
HP ML 310 LSI SAS1064E   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1041945   
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1213121   
HP ML 350 G5 Smart Array E200i Working Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1108640  
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1032360
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1066828
HP ML370     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1027851
HP x4000 Added Adaptec 29160N   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1011481
HP xw4400 Intel ICH7R   Working http://www.vm-help.com/forum/   
HP xw4600 Intel ICH9R   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1065437
HP xw8200 Intel 82801EB (ICH5)
Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/859559#859559
HP xw8600 Intel 631xESB/632xESB   Working http://www.vm-help.com/forum/
         
IBM ThinkCentre P4 IDE controller   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1153551    
IBM Thinkpad x60T     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1191726   
IBM xSeries e325     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1186124       
IBM xSeries x220     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1100378  
IBM xSeries x225   Working   Tested by ruddg    
IBM xSeries x226 Added SCSI controller Working - see notes   http://communities.vmware.com/message/1052817  
IBM xSeries x326m     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1215375   
IBM xSeries x330     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1036387
IBM xSeries x335 53c1030 PCI-X Fusion-MPT Dual Ultra320 SCSI   Working Tested by vm-help.com
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1035831
IBM xSeries x346     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1030203
IBM eSeries x440 Adpatec AIC-7899, IBM ServerRAID Bios 6.10.24   Working Tested by Jase McCarty
IBM xSeries x3250 LSI 1064E SAS/SATA RAID Controller   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1133786
IBM xSeries x3400     Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1154751     
IBM xSeries x3550     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1028476
IBM xSeries x3650     Working http://communities.vmware.com/thread/161007
         
Lenovo 8810BP1 No local SATA support   Working Tested by ouch
Lenovo ThinkCentre M55 8810 Intel ICH8   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1173063     
Lenovo T60 2007-F4G     Working - PSOD on shutdown Tested by Ibrar Mohammad
Sun x2200 MCP55 SATA Controller Working

Need to update sata_nv.xml - http://communities.vmware.com/message/846974#846974
http://communities.vmware.com/message/833706 

Sun x4100 M2     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1057538
SuperMicro H8DA3-2 LSI 1068E Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1128118      
SuperMicro 5013C-i Intel ICH5R Working Tested by Nick Couchman
SuperMicro 5015M-MT+B (PDSMi+)   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1173816   
SuperMicro 6015C-NTRB Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1071435
SuperMicro 6015X-TB Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1071435
SuperMicro 6025B-3V Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1082705
SuperMicro 7045A-WTB (X7DWA-N) Added Adaptec 5805 Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1228979    
Tyan Thunder K8WE (S2895) Working www.vm-help.com/forum    
Motherboards        
ABIT AT8 32X Adding Adaptec 29160 Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1185115     
       
ASRock 939Dual-SATA2 MCP51 Serial ATA Controller
Working Tested by Dennes
ASRock ALIVENF6G-GLAN MCP61 SATA Controller   Working - see notes http://www.vm-help.com/forum/     
ASRock ALIVENF6G-VSTA Added Promise SATA300 TX4 Controller   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1072488
ASRock AM2NF3-VSTA     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1015186
ASrock A780FULLDISPLAYPORT 780G Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1131286   
ASUS A8N CK804 Serial ATA Controller   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1011321
ASUS A8N-SLI Premium 939     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1025698
ASUS A8N-SLI Premium NForce4+MCP SATA NVRAID/Silicon Image SIL3114R RAID Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/902752#902752
ASUS Crosshair MCP55 Serial ATA Controller   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1038815
ASUS DSAN-DX Added ASUS PIKE 1064E Working   Tested by Scott A
ASUS DSBF-D12     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1142045   
ASUS DSBV-DX/SAS LSI 1068   Working www.vm-help.com/forum   
ASUS DSEB-DG   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/939079#939079
ASUS DSGC-DW (non-SAS) Intel 631xESB/632xESB (or CPU-Z Intel 5000X / 6321ESB) Working Tested by Scott A
ASUS DSVB-D     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1059724
ASUS K8N-DL Silicon Image 3114   Working Tested by Jim
ASUS K8N-DRE     Working http://communities.vmware.com/thread/176535
ASUS KF4-D16     Working -see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1185064    
ASUS KFN4-D16SAS LSI 1068 Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/816240#816240
ASUS M2-M3N8200 Booting from USB flash drive   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1184757    
ASUS M2A-VM     Working www.vm-help.com/forum    
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1030883
ASUS M2N-LR   Working - see notes Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1149933       
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1149704   
ASUS M2N-SLI Deluxe nVidia Corporation NV570 SATA Controller Working Tested by Maurice Burrows -
Required change to /etc/vmware/pciid/sata_nv.xml
Asus M2NBP-VM CSM     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1070444
ASUS M2NPV-VM nVidia MCP 51   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1140889  
ASUS M3N78-VM/X2 4850e     Working http://www.vm-help.com/forum/    
ASUS NCCH-DL   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/871670#871670
ASUS PC-DL FastTrack Promise 378 controller
Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/915901#915901
ASUS P3KE Intel ICH9R Working Running with 29320R - tested by stevi.velvet
ASUS P4G8X Silicom Image 3112   Working Tested by David Mistretta
ASUS P5B-VM Intel ICH8   Working - see notes www.vm-help.com/forum   
ASUS P5BP-E/4L   Working http://timjacobs.blogspot.com/2008/03/esx-35-on-whitebox.html
ASUS P5BP-E/4L LSI Logic LSI1068 Working   Potential issue with RAID setup - http://communities.vmware.com/message/907141
ASUS P5BV-E     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1014892
ASUS P5BV-E/SAS Intel ICH7R Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/862412#862412
ASUS P5BV-SAS Intel ICH7R / LSI1068 Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1074957
ASUS P5E-VM Intel ICH9R   Working Tested by kungphukenobi
ASUS P5E-VM DO     Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1185352   
ASUS P5E-VM HDMI     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1190160    
ASUS P5E-WS Intel ICH9   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1195168   
ASUS P5K Intel ICH9 Working Working

Tested by henkiee
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1005237#1005237
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1007731
www.vm-help.com/forum    

ASUS P5KPL-CM Intel ICH7   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1132042    
ASUS P5K-E Intel ICH9R   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1024184
ASUS P5K-PL/1600 Intel ICH7   Working http://www.vm-help.com/forum/   
ASUS P5K-SE Intel ICH9   Working Tested by gassit
ASUS P5K SE Intel ICH8   Working Tested by kungphukenobi
ASUS P5K Premium Intel ICH9   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1007731
ASUS P5M-VM For ESX added Promise SATA 300TX2 Plus Working Working -see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/931830   
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1217001
ASUS P5M2/M ICH7R Working Working Tested by fdonald
ASUS P5M2/SAS
LSI Logic LSI1068 / 82801GB/GR/GH (ICH7 Family)mily) Working Tested by vm-help.com.  Both the LSI1068 and ICH7 controllers work fine.
ASUS P5N-SLI   Working Tested by southpaw
ASUS P5N32-E SLI MCP55 SATA Controller Working - see notes

http://communities.vmware.com/message/976856#976856
Required change to /etc/vmware/pciid/sata_nv.xml

ASUS P5Q     Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1105122  
ASUS P5Q Pro

ESX - Added HP E200 RAID card
ESXi - changed oem.tgz to support Intel ICH10

Working Working - see notes Tested by virtualesxer http://communities.vmware.com/message/1062805   
www.vm-help.com/forum    
ASUS P5Q SE/R Intel ICH10   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1142776  
ASUS P5QL Pro     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1233554   
http://communities.vmware.com/thread/187762
   
ASUS P5Q-EM     Working -see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1092497  
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1139715   
http://www.vm-help.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=13&t=316
ASUS P5QL-EM     Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1140420   
ASUS P5Q3 Deluxe     Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1145666  
ASUS P5V-VM Intel ICH9 Working   http://communities.vmware.com/message/884093#884093
ASUS P5WDG2-WS Pro Intel ICH7R   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1203486  
ASUS Pundit P3-P5G33 Intel ICH9 Working Working

http://communities.vmware.com/message/850285#850285
http://communities.vmware.com/message/884093#884093

ASUS V3-P5G33 Intel ICH9   Working Tested by Rik Webb
         
Biostar TFORCE 945P Intel ICH7   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1130724   
         
ECS GeForce6100pm-m2 v2.0 MCP61P   Working - see notes http://vm-help.com/forum/   
         
EVGA 122-CK-NF66-T1   Working   http://communities.vmware.com/message/863202#863202
EVGA 132-CK-NF78-A1 Intel ICH10   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1143502   
EVGA 780i     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1200493   
EVGA 780i FTW     Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1147080   
EVGA with 650i Nvidia chipset MCP51 SATA Controller Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/871004#871004
FoxConn 6150K8MD-8EKRSH Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1038686
Foxconn 945G7MD-8EKRS2H Working -see notes www.vm-help.com/forum  
FoxConn A7VMX-K Added Promise SATA300 TX4 Working   http://communities.vmware.com/message/1137598
Intel 915GEV Added Adaptec 29160 Working - see notes www.vm-help.com/forum
Intel D865GBF Intel ICH5 Working   http://communities.vmware.com/message/887552#887552
Intel D945GCLF2     Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1148740    
http://www.vm-help.com/forum/  
Intel D945GTP Intel ICH7 Working - see notes

http://communities.vmware.com/thread/118492  http://communities.vmware.com/message/839394#839394 - issues with local SATA drives

Intel DB33TL Added Adaptec 31605   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1025479
Intel DG33BU Intel ICH9 Working   http://communities.vmware.com/message/871131#871131
Intel DG33BUC Intel ICH9   Working www.vm-help.com/forum    
Intel DG35EC Intel ICH8 Working Working - see notes

http://communities.vmware.com/message/1229243    
3.5U4 - http://communities.vmware.com/message/1223965  
www.vm-help.com/forum   

Intel DG45ID     Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1236111   
Intel DP35DP Intel ICH9 Working - see notes Working - see notes

Tested by vm-help.com - this MB was tested by booting 3i from a flash drive.  No local SATA or other drives were used

Was able to install ESX 3.5 via an HTTP install as the local CD-ROM would not work for the install. BIOS drive config settings were set to IDE / Native.

Intel DP35DPM     Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1234470
Intel DQ35JO     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1185398    
Intel DQ35JOE Intel ICH9   Working Tested by Mouseslinger - required adding a NIC
Intel DQ45CB     Working - see notes http://www.vm-help.com/forum/    
Intel DQ965GF Intel ICH7 Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/thread/118492  http://communities.vmware.com/message/839394#839394 - issues with local SATA drives
Intel S3000AH     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1036387
Intel S3000AHLX Intel ICH7 Working Tested by sshd.root
Intel S3210SH Intel ICH9R   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1148984    
Intel S3210SLHC Intel ICH9   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1256672      
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1036387    
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1187585    
Intel S5000PSL SRCSAS18E   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1089426   
Intel S5000PSLROMB Working http://communities.vmware.com/thread/116768 
Intel S5000PSLSATA     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1107558   
Intel S5000VSA Added local storage Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1023405
Intel SE7210TP1-E     Working www.vm-help.com/forum    
Intel SE7520BD2 Intel SRCS28x   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1055526
Intel 865GLC Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1151495   
GeForce6100SM-M2 NVIDIA GeForce 6100S (MCP61) Working Tested by vm-help.com - after install boot into Service Console Mode.  Then edit sata_nv.xml to add an entry for the device 03f6.  Then run esxcfg-pciid and reboot the server.
       
Gigabyte 945GCM-S2C Intel ICH7   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1131303   
Gigabyte EG45M-DS2H Intel ICH10 Working - see notes Working - see notes

http://communities.vmware.com/message/1136000   
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1157806   

Gigabyte EP35-DS3L Intel ICH9   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1025435
Gigabyte GA-790GH-UD4H (with Phenom II 940 CPU Added Adaptec 3805 / Dell Perc 5/i   Working - see notes http://www.vm-help.com/forum/   
Gigabyte GA-EP35-DS3L     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1025362
Gigabyte GA-EP45-UD3P Intel ICH10   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1235621   
Gigabyte GA-PC35-DS3L/S3L     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1043856
Gigabyte GA-G33-DS2R   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/977147#977147
Gigabyte GA-G33-DS3R Added LSI logic 8344ELP  Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/840177 
Gigabyte GA-G33M-DS2R     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1139715    
Gigabyte GA-K8N51GMF-9 NVIDIA GeForce 6100 Working http://communities.vmware.com/thread/116768 
Gigabyte GA-MA74GM-S2 Boot from USB   Working (see notes) http://www.vm-help.com/forum   
Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-S2H   Working - see notes Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/938061#938061   
http://www.vm-help.com/forum/  
Gigabyte GA-MA78GM-US2H     Working http://www.vm-help.com/forum/  
Gigabyte GA-MA790GP-DS4H Added Adaptec 29160 Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1185115     
Gigabyte GA-MCP61PM-S2   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1190660   
Gigabyte GA-X38-DS4 Intel ICH9   Working Tested by tebe
Gigabyte GA-X48-DQ6     Working - see notes http://www.vm-help.com/forum
Gigabyte M61PME-S2     Working http://www.vm-help.com/forum/  
Gigabyte P35-DS3P Intel ICH9R   Working Tested by David Walsh
JETWAY JM26GT3-SVP AM2 Not Used Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/916242#916242
MSI 865G Neo2 (MSI-6728 v2) Intel ICH5 Working Tested by gvedvik   
MSI 915P/G Neo2 Intel ICH6R Working http://communities.vmware.com/thread/116768 
MSI G45M Intel ICH10 Working   Tested by gvedvik   
MSI K8 Neo (MS-7030)     Working http://www.vm-help.com/forum/      
MSI K9N Ultra nVidia MCP55   Working www.vm-help.com/forum    
MSI K9N4 Ultra (AM2) Local SATA not tested   Working (build 76563) Tested by TechNut
MSIK9N6PGM2     Working - see notes www.vm-help.com/forum   
MSI K9VGM-V Added Promise Ultra133 TX2   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1135582   
MSI KA780G     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1157514     
MSI KA780G-F Added Adaptec 3405   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1088200  
MSI MS-7527 G31M4-F Intel ICH7   Working - see notes www.vm-help.com/forum
MSI P35 Platinum Promise SATA300 TX2 Plus Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/845133 
MSI P35 Neo   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/963553
MSI P6N SLI     Working http://www.vm-help.com/forum/
MSI X58 Platinum I7 920 Intel ICH10R   Working http://www.vm-help.com/forum/        
Shuttle SK45   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1025472
Shuttle SX38P2 Pro Intel ICH9 Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/971388#971388
Shuttle X48   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1053473
SuperMicro
SuperMicro B7DBE Intel Corporation 31xESB/632xESB/3100 Chipset Storage Controller IDE (8086:2680)   Working Tested by js-hacki - Native Mode Operation" from Auto to Serial ATA, and then "Sata Controller Mode Option" to "Compatible"
SuperMicro C2SBA++0 Intel ICH9R   Working www.vm-help.com/forum.
Supermicro PDSMi+     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1185094    
SuperMicro P4SCE Intel ICH5R   Working Tested by Nick Couchman
SuperMicro P8SCi Intel ICH6R Working http://communities.vmware.com/thread/116768 
SuperMicro P8SCT     Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1131089    
SuperMicro X5DL8-GG Onboard Adaptec 97xx didn't work   Working Tested by Nick Couchman
SuperMicro X5DPA-TGM+ Intel ICH5R   Working Tested by Nick Couchman
SuperMicro X5DPE Intel ICH3-S   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1136847   
SuperMicro X6DA8-G Intel ICH5R   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1063920
SuperMicro X7DB8   Working Working - see notes

ESX - http://communities.vmware.com/message/966120
ESXi - http://communities.vmware.com/message/1082705

SuperMicro X7DBE Intel Corporation 631xESB/632xESB Working Working - see notes ESX HostRAID does not work - http://communities.vmware.com/thread/116768  
ESXi - http://communities.vmware.com/message/1084321
SuperMicro X7DBE+ Intel SRCSATAWB Working Tested by appc
SuperMicro X7DBN   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1133119  
SuperMicro X7DCL-I   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1277182
SuperMicro X7DBR-3   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1100547  
SuperMicro X7DVL-E   See Notes  
SuperMicro X7DWA-N Added Adaptec 5805 Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1228979    
SuperMicro X7DWN+ Using HP e200i RAID card Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1075832
SuperMicro X7DWU   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1100547  
SuperMicro MSCT+II Intel 6300ESB SATA Controller Working Set controller to SATA only (not IDE-SATA) - http://communities.vmware.com/message/835422#835422
SuperMicro X7DVA-8 Intel ESB2 SATA Controller Working   http://communities.vmware.com/message/892130#892130
         
Tyan K8WE (Thunder S2895) CK804 Serial ATA Controller Working Working Tested by Erik Bussink
Tyan Transport GT20     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1039303
Tyan 2882   Working - see notes   http://communities.vmware.com/message/1157365   
Tyan S2735 (Tiger i7501r)     Working http://www.vm-help.com/forum/viewtopic.php?f=8&t=361
Tyan S2912-E nVidia MCP55 Working - see notes   http://communities.vmware.com/message/1158241   
Tyan S3790     Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1139902   
Tyan S5396 Added Adaptec 2820SA   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1150424     
Tyan i7501 S2723     Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1140811   
Tyan i7520SD S5365)     Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1163263   
Tyan 2915-E LSI1068E Working Working

http://communities.vmware.com/message/954341 http://communities.vmware.com/message/1062552#1062552

XFX GeForce8200 (XFX MI-A78S-8209) nVidia MCP78 Working - see notes http://www.vm-help.com/forum/    
Storage Controllers        
3Ware 9650SE/9690SA Working - see notes Working - see notes ESX http://communities.vmware.com/message/921678  
ESXi using modified oem.tgz
Adaptec 1210SA   Working - see notes Tested by kungphukenobi   
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1095724
Adaptec 2120S PCI-X / RAID does not work Working with 3.03   Tested by Scott A
Adaptec 2405 Note - this is a PCIe controller   Working http://communities.vmware.com/thread/187762    
Adaptec 2410SA   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1098843   
Adaptec 2420SA   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1025663
Adaptec 2610SA Working Working Worked in PCI slot but not PCI- X  
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1042346
Adaptec 2820SA Working Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1150424    
Adaptec 29160N   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1011481
Adaptec 3405   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1012936#1012936
Adaptec 3408   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1012936#1012936
Adaptec 5804   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1094152  
Adaptec 5805   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1094152  http://communities.vmware.com/message/1228979   
Adaptec ICP5125BR (31205) 12-Port SATA/SAS PCIe RAID   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1187420   
AOC-LPZCR2 RAID controller Working   http://communities.vmware.com/message/1184933    
Areca ARC11XX/ARC12XX/ARC13XX/ ARC16XX SATA/SAS RAID Working - BETA ftp://ftp.areca.com.tw/RaidCards/AP_Drivers/VMware/ESX_3.5/
http://communities.vmware.com/message/970908#970908

Areca 1210   Working - BETA http://communities.vmware.com/message/1041476
ASUS ZCR SAS RAID 8300XLP   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1271076
Dell Perc 3DC     Working www.vm-help.com/forum   
Dell Perc 5/i PCIe - heath status is shown   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1225276   
Intel ICH10   Working Using a custom oem.tgz file
Intel SCRS28x / PCI-X 8xSATA Working - see notes Working

Need to change megaraid2.xml - see specific instructions at
http://communities.vmware.com/message/859433#859433
Card tested - Firmware rev. 814D RaidBIOS H431
ESXi - http://communities.vmware.com/message/1055526

LSI 1068e       http://communities.vmware.com/message/1230481    
LSI 8704ELP     Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1256502     
LSI MegaRAID SATA 150-4D   Working Working Tested by Eric Bussink
LSI MegaRAID SATA 300-8X     Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1063761
Download a custom oem.tgz flie here.
LSI MegaRAID 8208ELP   Working   http://communities.vmware.com/message/1141483   
LSI 1078 MegaRAID SAS 8708ELP PCI Express   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1194102    
LSI SAS-3442E   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1094152  
         
PNY P-DSA150-PCI-RF Based on Silicon Image 3512   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1133603   
PNY - 2-Channel SATA II RAID PCI Card (Silicon Image 3512 PCI id 1095:3512) Working Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1022492
Promise SATA300 TX2 Plus Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/845133 
Promise SATA300 TX4 Working Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/859819 
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1224684   
Promize S150 TX4   Working - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1103469  
Promize Ultra 133 TX2 (PDC20269)   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1032398
QLogic QLE220 Working - see notes Untested - see notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1094998  
SIIG SC-SA4R12-S2 Silicon Image 3114 chipset - using eSATA connector   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1256871    
Silicon Image 3512 PCI SATA Working Working http://www.vm-help.com/forum/   
 http://communities.vmware.com/message/876249 http://communities.vmware.com/message/1234435   
     
Network Controllers    
     
3Com 3c905c-TX/TX-M PCI id 10b7:9200   Working http://www.vm-help.com/forum/   
       
Broadcom NetXtreme BCM 5705   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1222421   
       
HP NC7170   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1173403   
     
Intel 82556DM-2 Requires the driver from Update 4 or higher   Working Tested by vm-help.com
Intel EtherExpress PRO/100B   Working Tested by Mouseslinger
Intel Gigabit ET dual port PCI id   See notes http://communities.vmware.com/message/1158518  
Using a custom oem.tgz file
Intel Pro/100 (Intel 82557/8/9) PCI id 1229
  Working Tested by David Walsh
Intel Pro/100   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1134798   
Intel Pro/100 S   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1014873   
Intel Pro/1000 CT PCI-E   Working Using a custom oem.tgz file (update 3 and earlier)    
http://communities.vmware.com/message/1223756    
Intel Pro/1000 GT Working Working Tested by vm-help.com
Intel Pro/1000 PT EXPI9402PT PCI-E   Working http://communities.vmware.com/message/1096857http://communities.vmware.com/message/1223756
       
Realtek 8168/8111C   Working http://www.vm-help.com/forum/  
Realtek 8169   Working Using a custom oem.tgz file

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