We all know that the future version of vSphere will probably only be the ESXi version. At least, this is what VMware’s aim is for ESX5. Because it is wise to already get used to ESXi now to get moreÂ familiarÂ with theÂ absenceÂ of the Service Console, I was trying to switch my home lab of three ESX hosts to ESXi. While preparing for this I ran into some compatibility issues with appliances that don’t support ESXi (yet).
To make more people aware of the software that can and cannot work with ESXi yet, I decided to set up a list of all software that is not yet ESXi compatible. I hope it can help you in your migration to ESXi. If you haveÂ additions to the list, please write them in the comments so that I can edit this post.
Note 1: Since the Free ESXi version (no license, no vCenter) has quite a number of limitations, it is left out of the view. In the table below we’re only looking at the licensed (full feature) ESXi version.
Note 2: If an application supports ESXi, this doesn’t imply that ESXi supports the application !!! Always check VMware’s HCL especially for virtual storage.
|Backup & Replication||3.1 / 4||Veeam||YES||Backup and replication software, fully supports ESXi|
|Veeam Monitor, Veeam Reporter Enterprise, Veeam Configurator, Veeam/nworks SPI and MP||Veeam||YES||All products support ESXi|
|vRanger Pro||4.0 / 4.1||Vizioncore||NO||Backup software. No support|
|vConverter||Vizioncore||YES||P2V / V2P software|
|esXpress||3.6.x||PHDvirtual||NO||Backup software. No support|
|SvSAN||StorMagic||NO||Virtual Storage on your local ESX disks (in some PDF’s ESXi is mentioned, but in QuickStart it is specifically excluded)|
|Lefthand P4000 VSA||HP / Lefthand||YES||Virtual Storage on your local ESX disks|
|PowerChuteR Network Shutdown v2.2.3||APC||YES||Their new version works as an appliance and can handle ESXi|
|vOptimizer WasteFinder||Vizioncore||NO||Finds waste storage of your VMs|