ESXi Host Maximums-ALL

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ESXi Host Maximums-ALL
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  1. Logical CPUs per host
    160
  2. Virtual machines per host
    512
  3. Virtual CPUs per host
    2048
  4. Virtual CPUs per core
    • 25
    • The achievable number of vCPUs per core depends on the workload andspecifics of the hardware. For more information, see the latest version ofPerformance Best Practices for VMware vSphere.
  5. Fault Tolerance maximums:
    Virtual disks
    16
  6. Fault Tolerance maximums:
    Virtual CPUs per virtual machine
    1
  7. Fault Tolerance maximums:
    RAM per FT VM
    64GB
  8. Fault Tolerance maximums:
    Virtual machines per host
    4
  9. RAM per host
    2TB
  10. Number of swap files
    1 per virtual machine
  11. Swap file size
    • 1TB
    • On VMFS3, use a block size larger than 1MB for swap files larger than 255GB
  12. Virtual Disks per Host
    2048
  13. iSCSI Physical:
    LUNs per server
    256
  14. iSCSI Physical:
    Qlogic 1Gb iSCSI HBA initiator ports per server
    4
  15. iSCSI Physical:
    Broadcom 1Gb iSCSI HBA initiator ports per server
    4
  16. iSCSI Physical:
    Broadcom 10Gb iSCSI HBA initiator ports per server
    4
  17. iSCSI Physical:
    NICs that can be associated or port bound with the software iSCSIstack per server
    8
  18. iSCSI Physical:
    Number of total paths on a server
    1024
  19. iSCSI Physical:
    Number of paths to a LUN (software iSCSI and hardware iSCSI)
    8
  20. iSCSI Physical:
    Qlogic iSCSI: dynamic targets per adapter port
    • 64
    • The sum of static targets (manually assigned IP addresses) and dynamic targets (IP addresses assignedto discovered targets) may not exceed this number.
  21. iSCSI Physical:
    Broadcom 10Gb iSCSI HBA targets per adapter port
    128
  22. iSCSI Physical:
    Software iSCSI targets
    • 256
    • The sum of static targets (manually assigned IP addresses) and dynamic targets (IP addresses assignedto discovered targets) may not exceed this number.
  23. NAS (Contact your storage array vendor or NFS server vendor for information about the maximum NFS) :

    NFS mounts per host
    256
  24. Fibre Channel:
    LUNs per host
    256
  25. Fibre Channel:
    LUN ID
    255
  26. Fibre Channel:
    Number of paths to a LUN
    32
  27. Fibre Channel:
    Number of total paths on a server
    1024
  28. Fibre Channel:
    Number of HBAs of any type
    8
  29. Fibre Channel:
    HBA ports
    16
  30. Fibre Channel:
    Targets per HBA
    256
  31. Software FCoE adapters
    4
  32. VMFS:
    Volumes per host
    256
  33. VMFS:
    Hosts per volume
    64
  34. VMFS:
    Powered‐on virtual machines per VMFS volume
    2048
  35. VMFS3:
    Volume size
    • 64TB
    • For VMFS3 volumes with 1MB block size, the maximum is 50TB.
  36. VMFS3:
    Raw device mapping size (virtual compatibility)
    2TB minus 512 bytes
  37. VMFS3:
    Raw Device Mapping size (physical compatibility)
    • 2TB minus 512 bytes
    • If the presented LUN is greater than 2TB.
  38. VMFS3:
    Block size
    8MB
  39. VMFS3:
    File size (1MB block size)
    256GB
  40. VMFS3
    File size (2MB block size)
    512GB
  41. VMFS3:
    File size (4MB block size)
    1TB
  42. VMFS3:
    File size (8MB block size)
    2TB minus 512 bytes
  43. VMFS3:
    Files per volume
    Approximately 30,720
  44. VMFS5:
    Volume size
    • 64TB
    • The actual maximum will depend on the RAID controller or adapter driver that is being used. Contactyour vendor to find the maximums.
  45. VMFS5:
    Raw Device Mapping size (virtual compatibility)
    2TB minus 512 bytes
  46. VMFS5:
    Raw Device Mapping size (physical compatibility)
    64TB
  47. VMFS5:
    Block size
    • 1MB
    • 1MB is default block size. Upgraded VMFS5 volumes will inherit the VMFS3 block size value.
  48. VMFS5:
    File size
    • 2TB minus 512 bytes
    • Maximum file size for upgraded VMFS5 is 2TB minus 512 bytes, irrespective of the file‐system blocksize.
  49. VMFS5:
    Files per volume
    Approximately 130,690
  50. Concurrent vMotion operations per datastore
    128
  51. Concurrent Storage vMotion operations per datastore
    8
  52. Concurrent Storage vMotion operations per host
    2
  53. Concurrent non‐vMotion provisioning operations per host
    8
  54. Physical NICs:
    e1000 1Gb Ethernet ports (Intel PCI‐x)
    32
  55. Physical NICs:
    e1000e 1Gb Ethernet ports (Intel PCI‐e)
    24
  56. Physical NICs:
    igb 1Gb Ethernet ports (Intel)
    16
  57. Physical NICs:
    tg3 1Gb Ethernet ports (Broadcom)
    32
  58. Physical NICs:
    bnx2 1Gb Ethernet ports (Broadcom)
    16
  59. Physical NICs:
    forcedeth 1Gb Ethernet ports (NVIDIA)
    2
  60. Physical NICs:
    nx_nic 10Gb Ethernet ports (NetXen)
    8
  61. Physical NICs:
    ixgbe 10Gb Ethernet ports (Intel)
    8
  62. Physical NICs:
    bnx2x 10Gb Ethernet ports (Broadcom)
    8
  63. Physical NICs:
    be2net 10Gb Ethernet ports (Emulex)
    8
  64. Physical NICs:
    Combination of 10Gb and 1Gb Ethernet ports
    • Six 10Gb and
    • Four 1Gb ports
  65. Physical NICs:
    Infiniband ports (refer to VMware Community Support)
    • N/A
    • Mellanox Technologies InfiniBand HCA device drivers are available directly from MellanoxTechnologies. Refer to Mellanox for support status of InfiniBand HCAs with ESXi.http://www.mellanox.com
  66. VMDirectPath PCI/PCIe devices per host
    8
  67. VMDirectPath PCI/PCIe devices per virtual machine
    • 4
    • A virtual machine can support 6 devices, if 2 of them are Teradici devices
  68. Total virtual network switch ports per host (VDS and VSS ports)
    4096
  69. Maximum active ports per host (VDS and VSS)
    1016
  70. Virtual network switch creation ports per standard switch
    4088
  71. Port groups per standard switch
    256
  72. Distributed virtual network switch ports per vCenter
    30000
  73. Static port groups per vCenter
    5000
  74. Ephemeral port groups per vCenter
    256
  75. Hosts per VDS
    350
  76. Distributed switches per vCenter
    32
  77. Concurrent vMotion operations per host (1Gb/s network)
    4
  78. Concurrent vMotion operations per host (10Gb/s network)
    8
  79. Cluster (all clusters including HA and DRS):
    Hosts per cluster
    32
  80. Cluster (all clusters including HA and DRS):
    Virtual machines per cluster
    3000
  81. Cluster (all clusters including HA and DRS):
    Virtual machines per host
    512
  82. Cluster (all clusters including HA and DRS):
    Maximum concurrent host HA failover
    32
  83. Cluster (all clusters including HA and DRS):
    Failover as percentage of cluster
    100%
  84. Cluster (all clusters including HA and DRS):
    Resource pools per cluster
    1600
  85. Resource pools per host
    1600
  86. Children per resource pool
    1024
  87. Resource pool tree depth
    • 8
    • Additional 4 resource pools are used by system internals
  88. Using Maximum Values for More than One Configuration Options with Clusters:
    If any one of the configuration options in a cluster is used at its maximum limit value, the ESXihost and vCenter Server with default configuration should be able to withstand the values.If more than one configuration options (such as number of virtual machines, number of LUNs, and number ofVDS ports) are used at their maximum limit, some of the processes running on the host might run out ofmemory. This might cause the host to keep disconnecting from the vCenter Server. In such a case, you need toincrease the memory pool for these host processes so that the host can withstand the workload you areplanning. You need to increase your memory pool size in correlation to the number of configuration optionsyou are using at the maximum value.

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