Why does ESXi 6.7 HCL list some later ixgben drivers than others?

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  1. AveryFreeman

    AveryFreeman ESXi + ( BSD / ZFS ) = HAPPY

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    Hey,

    so I have two X540-T2 10GBase-T cards. One is a `Dell K7H46`, the other is a `Supermicro AOC-STG-i2T`.

    Was having some stability issues with the Dell card, so I went to update the driver, the inbox driver for `ESXi 6.7 9214924` was `1.4.5`.

    I don't remember installing the driver in ESXi for the Supermicro card, but I must have and forgotten, because `esxcli network nic get -n vmnic2` shows `Version: 1.7.1`

    Anywho, for both devices, `vmchkdev -l | grep nic` shows:
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    0000:03:00.0 8086:1528 15d9:1528 vmkernel vmnic2
    0000:03:00.1 8086:1528 15d9:1528 vmkernel vmnic3
    
    On both machines, so they're both basically the same card (same vendor ID and device ID, `8086:1528`).

    However, on the VMware IO dev guide website searchy thingy, the Dell card recommends downloading version 1.6.5, but I already have 1.7.1 installed for the Supermicro card...?

    Does anyone know why the drivers recommended for these cards might be different?

    And where did I get this driver I don't remember installing...??! I'm sure I must've but I just can't remember where it's from...
     
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  2. Rand__

    Rand__ Well-Known Member

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    Doesnt each vendor have to provide the compatibility check test results? Maybe one didn't do so...
     
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