Lennydk87
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ESXI 6.7 doesn't recognize NVMe drive in Lenovo X3650 M4

Hello,

We got a Lenovo X3650 M4 loaded with newest Lenovo custom build ESXI 6.7


The problem is that I've installed an Samsung mznln256hmhq-000l7 NVMe drive in an Startech  x4 PCI Express to M.2 PCIe SSD Adapter.

But Vmware wont recognize the drive, anybody that can explain why?

I know the drive aren't officially compatible with Vmware, but

I've seen loads of videos with Lenovo X3650 M4 and even M3 servers using NVMe and normal SSD 2.5" disk that aren't on that list, in vmware.

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diegodco31
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Please, Installs the server with the custom iso.

Diego Oliveira LinkedIn: http://www.linkedin.com/in/dcodiego
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Lennydk87
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Hello Diego,

I have installed it with:

Name:  VMware-ESXi-6.7.0-8169922-LNV-20180404.iso

Release Date: 2018-04-17

Build Number: 8169922

That is the custom ISO for Lenovo.

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devakumar
VMware Employee
VMware Employee

Hi Lenny,

Could you please try the newer version of driver 1.4.0.1016 ? - https://my.vmware.com/web/vmware/details?downloadGroup=DT-ESX67-INTEL-INTEL-NVME-VMD-1401016&product...

Thanks

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Lennydk87
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Hello Kumar,

Sure, I'll try that, but I'm installing a Samsung drive, your link is for Intel drive?

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B51
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Hi,

What is the size of this drive?

Thanks

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Lennydk87
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256 gb.

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B51
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Thank you. To verify any driver that is currently installed, can you show the output of the below command?

esxcli software vib list | grep -i nvme

Thanks

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devakumar
VMware Employee
VMware Employee

sorry about that. If I  go to VMware HCL - VMware Compatibility Guide - I/O Device Search   as you mentioend its not listed. It means the EcoSystem partner Samsung has not certified or atleast not sent  to VMware after testing and certifying it.

If you have already reached out to Lenovo, you can log a GitHub case here which can help - https://github.com/vmware/nvme 

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Lennydk87
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Here is the output:

[root@TEST-ESXI:~] esxcli software vib list | grep -i nvme

nvme                           1.2.1.34-1vmw.670.0.0.8169922        VMW     VMwa                           reCertified   2018-06-22

vmware-esx-esxcli-nvme-plugin  1.2.0.32-0.0.8169922                 VMware  VMwa                           reCertified   2018-06-22

[root@TEST-ESXI:~]

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toreadorufa
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I also do not work m2 through the adapter on the gygabite server board, where to find at least one officially supported hardware for ESXI 6.7.0 update3 on the link there is a bunch of everything I can not find, could you put this equipment here? MD71-HB0 1.1B

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