ConnectX® Ethernet Driver for VMware® ESXi Server

Mellanox native ESXi drivers enable industry-leading performance and efficiency as non-virtualized environments using hardware offloads such as RDMA over Converged Ethernet (RoCE) on VMware vSphere. Mellanox ConnectX-4 and ConnectX-5 deliver 10/25/40/50 and 100GbE network speeds with ESXi 6,5 onwards, allowing the highest port rate on ESXi today.

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NOTE: For VMware ESXi Server products and updates which are not listed above, please contact support@mellanox.com.

Mellanox native iSCSI Extensions for RDMA (iSER) driver for ESXi uses the RDMA protocol suite to supply higher bandwidth for block storage transfers eliminating the TCP/IP processing overhead while preserving the compatibility with iSCSI protocol. iSER lowers latency and CPU utilization. Moreover, iSER brings the stability and benefits of the iSCSI protocol like security and high availability. Mellanox iSER is released with ESXi 6,5 onwards, and utilizes the native RDMA support. Please install the latest async certified release of Mellanox ESXi driver prior to installing iSER driver.




Operating System Supported NICs / Firmware Version Download Documentation /
Release Date
ESXi 6,7 ConnectX-4 / 12.24.1000
ConnectX-4 Lx / /14.24.1000
ConnectX-5 / 16.24.1000
ConnectX-5 Ex / 16.24.1000
4.17.15.16 VMware site Release Notes
User Manual
19-May-19
ESXi 6,5 ConnectX-4 / 12.23.1020
ConnectX-4 Lx / /14.23.1020
ConnectX-5 / 16.23.1020
ConnectX-5 Ex / 16.23.1020
4.16.14.2 VMware site Release Notes
User Manual

27-August-18
ESXi 6 ConnectX-4 / 12.22.1002
ConnectX-4 Lx / /14.22.1002
ConnectX-5 / 16.22.1002
ConnectX-5 Ex / 16.22.1002
4.15.13.2 VMware site Release Notes
User Manual

27-May-18
ESXi 5,5 ConnectX-4 / 12.20.1010
ConnectX-4 Lx / /14.20.1010
ConnectX-5 / 16.20.1010
ConnectX-5 Ex / 16.20.1010
4.5.10.3 VMware site Release Notes
User Manual

24-August-17
ESXi 6,5 ConnectX-3 / 2.42.5000
ConnectX-3 Pro / 2.42.5000
3.16.11.10 VMware site Release Notes
User Manual
17-March-19
ESXi 6 ConnectX-3 / 2.42.5000
ConnectX-3 Pro / 2.42.5000
3.15.11.10 VMware site Release Notes

15-January-19
ESXi 6 ConnectX-3 / 2.36.5000
ConnectX-3 Pro / 2.36.5000
2.4.0 MLNX-OFED-ESX-2.4.0.0-10EM-
600.0.0.2494585.zip
Release Notes
User Manual

1-Feb-16
ESXi 5,5 MLNX-OFED-ESX-2.4.0.0-10EM-
550.0.0.1331820.zip
ESXi 6 ConnectX-3 / 2.35.5100
ConnectX-3 Pro / 2.35.5100
1.9.10.5 MLNX-OFED-ESX-1.9.10.5-10EM-
600.0.0.2494585.zip
Release Notes
User Manual

16-Jan-16
ESXi 5,5 MLNX-OFED-ESX-1.9.10.5-10EM-
550.0.0.1331820.zip
ESXi 5,5 ConnectX-2 / 2.9.1200
ConnectX-3 / 2.11.0500
ConnectX-3 Pro / 2.30.8000
1.9.10-0 MLNX-OFED-ESX-1.9.10.0-10EM-
550.0.0.1331820
Release Notes
User Manual

14-Jul-15
ESXi 5,1 MLNX-OFED-ESX-1.9.10.0-10EM-
510.0.0.799733
ESXi 5 ConnectX/
ConnectX-2 / 2.9.1200
1.6.1-2 VMware site Release Notes
README

Aug-11

Operating System Supported NICs Version Download Documentation /
Release Date
ESXi 6,5 ConnectX-3/ConnectX-3 Pro/

ConnectX-4/ConnectX-4 Lx/

ConnectX-5/ConnectX-5 Ex
1.0.0.2 MLNX-NATIVE-ESX-ISER_1.0.0.2-10EM-650.0.0.4598673.zip Release Notes
User Manual

18-July-18
ESXi 6,5 ConnectX-3/ConnectX-3 Pro/

ConnectX-4/ConnectX-4 Lx/

ConnectX-5/ConnectX-5 Ex
1.0.0.1 MLNX-NATIVE-ESX-ISER_1.0.0.1-10EM-650.0.0.4598673.zip Release Notes
User Manual

11-September-17



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Operating System Compatible Driver Version Supported NICs / Firmware Managememt Tool
ESXi 6,7 4.17.14.2 ConnectX-4 / ConnectX-4 Lx / ConnectX-5 NMLXCLI v1.17.14.2
4.17.13.8 ConnectX-4 / ConnectX-4 Lx / ConnectX-5 NMLXCLI v1.17.13.8
ESXi 6,5 4.16.14.2 ConnectX-4 / ConnectX-4 Lx / ConnectX-5 NMLXCLI v1.6.14.2
4.16.13.5 ConnectX-4 / ConnectX-4 Lx / ConnectX-5 NMLXCLI v1.6.13.5
4.16.12.12 ConnectX-4 / ConnectX-4 Lx / ConnectX-5 NMLXCLI v1.6.12.12
ESXi 6,5 3.16.11.6 ConnectX-3 / ConnectX-3 Pro NMLXCLI v1.6.11.7

ConnectX® Driver for VMware® ESXi Server

Mellanox OFED Driver for VMware� ESXi Server
Operating System Supported NICs Version Download Documents
ESXi 6,7 ConnectX-4 / 12.23.1020
ConnectX-4 Lx / /14.23.1020
ConnectX-5 / 16.23.1020
ConnectX-5 Ex / 16.23.1020
4.17.14.2 VMware site Release Notes
User Manual
15-January-19
ConnectX-4 / 12.22.1002
ConnectX-4 Lx / /14.22.1002
ConnectX-5 / 16.22.1002
ConnectX-5 Ex / 16.22.1002
4.17.13.8 VMware site Release Notes
User Manual
27-June-18
ESXi 6,5 ConnectX-4 / 12.22.1002
ConnectX-4 Lx / /14.22.1002
ConnectX-5 / 16.22.1002
ConnectX-5 Ex / 16.22.1002
4.16.13.5 VMware site Release Notes
User Manual

27-May-18
ESXi 6,5 ConnectX-4 / 12.21.1000
ConnectX-4 Lx / /14.21.1000
ConnectX-5 / 16.21.1000
ConnectX-5 Ex / 16.21.1000
4.16.12.12 VMware site Release Notes
User Manual

22-January-18
ESXi 6 4.15.12.12 VMware site Release Notes
User Manual

22-January-18
ESXi 6,5 ConnectX-4 / 12.20.1010
ConnectX-4 Lx / /14.20.1010
ConnectX-5 / 16.20.1010
ConnectX-5 Ex / 16.20.1010
4.16.10.3 VMware site Release Notes
User Manual

10-September-17
ESXi 6 4.15.10.3 VMware site Release Notes
User Manual

24-August-17
ESXi 6,5 ConnectX-5/ConnectX-5 Ex/
ConnectX-4/ConnectX-4 Lx
4.16.8.8 VMware site Release Notes
User Manual
ESXi 6 4.15.8.8 VMware site Release Notes
User Manual
ESXi 5,5 4.5.8.8 VMware site
ESXi 6 ConnectX-4/ConnectX-4 Lx 4.15.6.22 VMware site Release Notes
User Manual
ESXi 5,5 4.5.6.22

VMware site

ESXi 6 ConnectX-4/ConnectX-4 Lx 4.15.5.10 VMware site Release Notes
ESXi 5,5 4.5.5.10 MLNX-NATIVE-ESX-ConnectX-4-4.5.5.10-10EM-550.0.0.1391871.zip
ESXi 6 ConnectX-4/ConnectX-4 Lx 4.15.4.1100 VMware site Release Notes
ESXi 5,5 4.5.2.1100 VMware site
ESXi 6 ConnectX-4/ConnectX-4 Lx 4.15.4.1000 VMware site Release Notes
ESXi 5,5 4.5.2.1000 VMware site
ESXi 6 ConnectX-4/ConnectX-4 Lx 4.15.3.1008 VMware site Release Notes
ESXi 5,5 4.5.1.1008 VMware site
ESXi 6 ConnectX-4/ConnectX-4 Lx 4.15.2.0 MLNX-NATIVE-ESX-ConnectX-4-4.15.2.0-10EM-600.0.0.2768847.zip Release Notes
User Manual
ESXi 6 ConnectX-3 / 2.36.5000
ConnectX-3 Pro / 2.36.5000
3.15.5.5 VMware site Release Notes

19-July-16
ESXi 6 ConnectX-3/ConnectX-3 Pro 3.15.2.0 VMware site Release Notes
ESXi 6 ConnectX-3/ConnectX-3 Pro 3.2.0.15 MLNX-NATIVE-ESX-ConnectX-3-3.2.0.15-10EM-600.0.0.2768847.zip Release Notes
ESXi 6 ConnectX-3/ConnectX-3 Pro 3.2.0.7 VMware site Release Notes
User Manual
ESXi 5,5 ConnectX-2/ConnectX-3/ConnectX-3 Pro 1.9.9.4 VMware site Release Notes
ESXi 5,1 ConnectX-2/ConnectX-3/ConnectX-3 Pro 1.9.9-0 VMware site Release Notes
ESXi 4.x ConnectX/ConnectX-2/ConnectX-3 1.5.7.1 VMware site Documentation Set
ESXi 4.x ConnectX 1.4.1.174u1 VMware site Release Notes
ESX 3,5 ConnectX 1.4.1.174u1 VMware site

MLNX_EN Previous Versions Release Notes

  • For MLNX_EN v1.5.7.1 & v1.5.8.1/2 Release Notes, click here

Notes:
  • For the HCL click here. Please note that the HCL includes all the certified Mellanox Ethernet controller PCI Express Device IDs (DIDs). Hence, any Mellanox adapter card with a certified Ethernet controller is certified as well.
  • For the list of Mellanox Ethernet cards and their PCI Device IDs, click here
  • Also visit the VMware Infrastructure� product page and download page


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