General Information

Linux Kernel Upstream Release Notes v6.5

These are the release notes of Mellanox ConnectX-4 onwards adapter cards for NATIVE ESXi Driver for VMware vSphere 6.7. This driver supports the following uplinks to servers.

Version

OS

Uplink Speed

4.17.70.1

ESXi 6.7, ESXi 6.7 U1

10/25/40/50/100GbE

Content of MLNX-NATIVE-ESX Driver Package

ESXi 6.7:

MLNX-NATIVE-ESX-ConnectX-4-5_4.17.70.1-10EM-670.0.0.8169922.zip - Hypervisor bundle for ESXi 6.7 contains the following kernel modules:

  • nmlx5_core

  • nmlx5_rdma

MLNX-NATIVE-ESX Rev 4.17.70.1 supports the following Mellanox Ethernet HCA and their corresponding firmware version:

HCAs

Minimal Recommended Firmware Rev.

ConnectX-4

12.27.1016

ConnectX-4 Lx

14.27.1016

ConnectX-5 / ConnectX-5 Ex

16.27.2008

ConnectX-6

20.27.2008

ConnectX-6 Dx

22.27.2008

For the latest firmware versions, visit: https://www.mellanox.com/support/firmware/firmware-downloads

Tested Hypervisors

HCAs

Guest Operating System

SR-IOV

ConnectX-4

ConnectX-4 Lx

ConnectX-5/ConnectX-5 Ex

ConnectX-6

ConnectX-6 Dx

Windows Server 2016 DC

RedHat 8.0

RedHat 7.5

RedHat 7.3

RedHat 6.10

RedHat 6.3

SLES 12 SP4

SLES 12 SP3

Paravirtualizeda (Ethernet Only)

ConnectX-4

ConnectX-4 Lx

ConnectX-5/ConnectX-5 Ex

ConnectX-6

ConnectX-6 Dx

Windows Server 2016 DC
RedHat 8.0
RedHat 7.5
RedHat 7.3
RedHat 6.10
RedHat 6.3
SLES 12 SP4
SLES 12 SP3

a. Paravirtualized RDMA is supported only in Linux Operating Systems and in this release it was tested for RedHat 7.5 only.

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