ESXi, vCenter Server, and vSphere Web Client Version Compatibility
The VMware Product Interoperability Matrix provides details about the compatibility of current and earlier versions of VMware vSphere components, including ESXi, VMware vCenter Server, the vSphere Web Client, and optional VMware products. Check the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix also for information about supported management and backup agents before you install ESXi or vCenter Server.
The vSphere Web Client is packaged with the vCenter Server. You can install the vSphere Client from the VMware vCenter autorun menu that is part of the modules ISO file.
Hardware Compatibility for ESXi
To view a list of processors, storage devices, SAN arrays, and I/O devices that are compatible with vSphere 6.0, use the ESXi 6.0 information in the VMware Compatibility Guide.
Device Compatibility for ESXi
To determine which devices are compatible with ESXi 6.0, use the ESXi 6.0 information in the VMware Compatibility Guide.
Some devices are deprecated and no longer supported on ESXi 6.0. During the upgrade process, the device driver is installed on the ESXi 6.0 host. The device driver might still function on ESXi 6.0, but the device is not supported on ESXi 6.0. For a list of devices that are deprecated and no longer supported on ESXi 6.0, see KB 2087970.
Third-Party Switch Compatibility for ESXi
VMware now supports Cisco Nexus 1000V with vSphere 6.0. vSphere requires a minimum NX-OS release of 5.2(1)SV3(1.4). For more information about Cisco Nexus 1000V, see theCisco Release Notes. As in previous vSphere releases, Ciscso Nexus 1000V AVS mode is not supported.
Guest Operating System Compatibility for ESXi
To determine which guest operating systems are compatible with vSphere 6.0, use the ESXi 6.0 information in the VMware Compatibility Guide.
Virtual Machine Compatibility for ESXi
Virtual machines that are compatible with ESX 3.x and later (hardware version 4) are supported with ESXi 6.0. Virtual machines that are compatible with ESX 2.x and later (hardware version 3) are not supported. To use such virtual machines on ESXi 6.0, upgrade the virtual machine compatibility. See the vSphere Upgrade documentation.