VMWare 7.0 doesn't support SAS controller from Gigabyte 7PESH2?

Noticed that VMWare ESXi 7.0 had been released and was trying to upgrade to this from my Anniversery Build setup that uses the Gigabyte 7PESH2. While it’s upgrading, it spits out this warning and ends the upgrade:

Hardware precheck of profile ESXi-7.0.0-15843807-standard failed with warnings: <UNSUPPORTED_DEVICES WARNING: This host has unsupported devices [<PciInfo ’ [1000:0072 1000:3020]’>]>

Using my limited Google skills, that seems to point to the SAS2008 PCI-Express Fusion-MPT SAS-2 SAS controller.


Seeing how it’s pretty common on here, I was wondering if anyone has gone down this route yet and can provide me some pointers on what I’m doing wrong here. Or am I at the point where I have to get a supported SAS controller?

It should be supported. Have you re-flashed your controller?

Is there something newer than what’s available originally? I had flashed it to IT mode back when I first built the server. Is there one that you would recommend? (just in case I found some weird variant of the firmware out in the wild)

Anyone ever resolve this issue? I just attempted to upgrade to ESXi 7 and am getting same hardware compatibility error related to the SAS controller. @syee @JDM_WAAAT I also flashed the original controller to IT mode as part the original AB instructions. It has been working great with ESXi 6.7. Really hoping my hardware is not out of date already! Thanks.

Out of date? Unlikely.

Not on the HCL? Much more likely.

Have you checked for custom .vib to add support?

this link has the list of two categories of hardware that were removed from esxi and one category deprecated but still present.


the LSI2008 is showing under the vmklinux (removed) category in 7.0.