Nested ESXi Enhancements in vSphere 6.5

As many of you have probably heard by now, vSphere 6.5 was just announced at VMworld Barcelona this week and it is packed with a ton of new features and capabilities which you can read more about here. One area that is near and dear to me and has not been covered are some of […]

VMXNET3 driver now included in Mac OS X 10.11 (El Capitan)+

Yesterday I received a pretty interesting comment from one of my Twitter followers @NTmatter who wrote: @lamw Just noticed that OSX has a VMXNET3 driver. Have to edit the vmx file to actually use it, but it's there! AppleVmxnet3Ethernet.kext — Thomas Johnson (@NTmatter) September 30, 2016 This is a pretty neat find because currently today, the only network adapter that […]

vSphere 6.0 Update 2 hints at Nested ESXi support for Paravirtual SCSI (PVSCSI) in the future

Although Nested ESXi (running ESXi in a Virtual Machine) is not officially supported today, VMware Engineering continues to enhance this widely used feature by making it faster, more reliable and easier to consume for our customers. I still remember that it was not too long ago that if you wanted to run Nested ESXi, several non-trivial and manual tweaks to the VM’s VMX […]

Nested ESXi 5.1 Supports VMXNET3 Network Adapter Type

I noticed something interesting while extracting the contents of ESXi 5.1 ISO for some kickstart configurations …. Do you see it? It’s a VMXNET3 driver for the VMkernel! I also confirmed by running the following ESXCLI command querying for the VMkernel module “vmxnet3”: # esxcli system module get -m vmxnet3 Module: vmxnet3 Module File: /usr/lib/vmware/vmkmod/vmxnet3 […]