8 Replies Latest reply on May 15, 2018 11:52 PM by LaxmanGurav

    ESXi 5 and X3650 type 7979

    Gee911 Lurker



      I am wondering what would be the safest thing to do.  I have a cluster of mutiple IBM x3650 (type 7979) servers, they are not M2 or M3.  This cluster is actually running ESX 3.5 and I want to upgrade it to the latest version, I will do a clean install.


      However, the type 7979 is not listed on the ESXi 5 HCL, but only on the ESX 4.1 HCL.  I don't want to install obsolete software but I want to make sure I won't run into problems with that cluster.


      Should I stick to the HCL no matter what and install 4.1 or would it be safe to assume that ESXi 5 will run fine and will be certified sooner or later ?



        • 1. Re: ESXi 5 and X3650 type 7979
          athlon_crazy Master

          There must be a reason why it is not in HCL. Think about support issue in the future when something goes wrong with your server. BTW, ESX/i 4.1 U1 is not obselete AFAIK.   


          just my 2 cents

          • 2. Re: ESXi 5 and X3650 type 7979
            PduPreez Master
            VMware Employees



            Always stick with the HCL for production environments to maintain support


            If you wan't to run ESXi5 on these servers you need to contact IBM


            This is From HCL page help


            If a specific server, storage array, or device is not listed on the Systems Compatibility Guide, please contact the vendor of that hardware to find out the plans for supporting that hardware with VMware vSphere.


            Please award points for correct/helpful answers

            • 3. Re: ESXi 5 and X3650 type 7979
              Techstarts Hot Shot

              Welcome to the community.

              Please follow HCL strictly, reason is simple you will save problems for yourself in future.

              After all you are going to run a production load on it, why take chance.


              Thank you,


              • 4. Re: ESXi 5 and X3650 type 7979
                Dave.Mishchenko Guru
                User Moderators

                Hardware vendors tend to just certifying their latest hardware revisions so I wouldn't expect to see official support for your server models.  They might likely work just fine, but you have to weigh the risk of using 'unsupported' hardware.

                • 5. Re: ESXi 5 and X3650 type 7979
                  clairvoyancemaster Lurker



                  We have the same set of servers running ESX 4.0 update 1. Has anybody here actually performed an upgrade to ESXi5 using the same server models? We would want to know how it went and what would VMware tech support do if ever we would open a ticket during the upgrade process.




                  • 6. Re: ESXi 5 and X3650 type 7979
                    beaumeri Lurker

                    I'm currenly running ESXi 5 on IBM X3650 7979 without a problem.  I'm only using it at home and have 3 vm on it.  One is Window Home server 2011, the other is FreePBX and the thrid is Windows7 with my home automation software on it (CQC).


                    I'm not doing anything fancy with these but it simply works.    Been working on this for over a month so far.


                    My only problem is I'm trying to find a sata card that support port multiplier and is also supported in ESXi5.


                    No luck so far for that.


                    My knowledge of VMware is to limited to recommend production environment on such set-up but I can safely say for the basic stuff it works.

                    • 7. Re: ESXi 5 and X3650 type 7979
                      goobernoodles Lurker

                      I have 4 total IBM 3650's running ESXI 5.1 without any issues that I've run into specific to the server hardware.  I'm going to be doing a refresh later this year.  In our main cluster, I have a x3650 M3 (7945), x3650 M2 (7947) and a 3650 (7979).  The other site just has a single x3550 M2 (7946) that is also running 5.1.  The main cluster uses an IBM DS3300 iSCSI SAN paired with QLogic QLE4060C HBA's on the host side.  We did have a lot of issues with the SAN.  However, that was due to IBM's terrible support and eventually, a failed HBA AND SAN controller.

                      • 8. Re: ESXi 5 and X3650 type 7979
                        LaxmanGurav Lurker

                        yes you can.


                        i am running esxi 5.5 on three "x3650 7979" in my data center.