To know if a server, nic o disk controller works with esx(i) consulting the vmware compatibility guides is needed.

 

You can check the official hardware compatibility list (HCL) here: http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php

 

If you don't want a surprise trying the esx(i) installation, check the above HCLs to be 100% confident.

 

 

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