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vSAN Hardware Compatibility List Checker

version 3.0 — October 10, 2022

Summary

The vSAN Hardware Compatibility List Checker is a tool that verifies the installed hardware components of the ESXi server against the VMware compatibility guide for vSAN.

The check items are various from vSAN configurations.

vSAN (Original Storage Architecture)

  • Storage adapters

vSAN ESA (Express Storage Architecture)

  • Storage adapters
  • Physical NIC link speed
  • Host memory size

Storage adapters

  • Using a supported storage controller and firmware is important in a vSAN deployment to ensure normal operations, optimal performance, and to reduce the chances of hardware/firmware issues. This tool can be useful to ensure that a storage device and its firmware went through certification testing supported by VMware and its partners.

Physical NIC link speed

  • vSAN ESA recommends minimum aggregated network link of 25 Gbps. You can consider multiple NICs to achieve this minimum aggregated speed requirement.

Host memory size

  • The minimum required memory for vSAN ESA Host is 32 GB.

Some scenarios where the tool can be useful:

  • Verify if a new server is supported for vSAN hardware compatibility list before installing vSAN.
  • Verify if a re-purposed server is supported for vSAN hardware compatibility list before installing vSAN.

This tool only helps to verify compatibility from hardware perspective. For a full vSAN system check, please check vSAN health UI through vSphere web client after a vSAN deployment.

Requirements

  • Windows: 7, 8, 10, 11, Server 2008, 2012, 2016, 2019
  • Linux: CentOS, Ubuntu and RHEL
  • Browser: Edge, Chrome, Opera and Firefox
  • ESXi: From 6.5 to 8.0
  • HTTPS/443 access to ESXi hosts (interacting with hostd)
  • Internet HTTP/80 access to http://partnerweb.vmware.com/service/vsan/all.json (optional)

Instructions

  • Extract the contents and double-click on hclCheck.exe
  • Usages:
hclCheck [-h] [--hostname hostname [hostname ...]] [--username USERNAME]
               [--password PASSWORD] [--hcl-url HCL_URL]

Check ESXi host against VSAN HCL

optional arguments:
  -h, --help            show this help message and exit
  --hostname hostname [hostname ...]
                        Hostname/IP of ESXi host
  --username USERNAME   Username (default: root)
  --password PASSWORD   Password
  --hcl-url HCL_URL     URL to VSAN HCL DB (http://path/to/hcl.db or
                        file:///C:/path/to/hcl.db)

Changelog

Version 3.0

  • Support hardware compatibility check for vSAN ESA since ESXi 8.0
  • A new summary table to see which devices are compatible with vSAN and vSAN ESA in the report
  • Report layout improvement
  • Bug fixes

Version 2.2

  • Support multi-platforms for Windows, Linux and MacOS
  • Bug fixed

Version 2.1

  • Fixed the bug that firmware version of some controllers can't be fetched

Version 2.0

  • Add 3 new checks
  • Controller is VMware certified for ESXi release
  • Controller driver is VMware certified
  • Controller firmware is VMware certified
  • Update HTML report format
  • Bug fixes

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