TPM 2.0 board requirements for ESXi 7.0 vTPMs?

AveryFreeman

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Hey,

I'm hoping to provide vTPM to VMs on 3 separate supermicro X10 E5 boards and they have 3 different types of TPM modules:

The following SKUs are available:

AOM-TPM-9665V, a vertical TPM without provisioning
AOM-TPM-9665V-S, a vertical server-side TPM
AOM-TPM-9665V-C, a vertical client-side TPM
Server vs. Client: To use the TXT function, each TPM has been provisioned as a server model or client model. Be sure to use the appropriate TPM for your needs. The server TPM is designed to run on Intel Xeon® E5 and E7, as well as Xeon-D processors. It has a 96-byte index memory. The client TPM is designed to run on Intel Core™ i5, Core i7, and Xeon E3 processors. It has a 48-byte index memory.
Do I need the TPM provisioning feature for ESXi? I'm noticing the straight 9665V boards are a lot cheaper, and if I'm "provisioning" vTPMs through ESXi, is it really necessary to provision anything beyond the server itself with the module?

Thanks
 

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