No Go If Hardware Not On VMware’s Compatability List?

I’m looking to buy hardware (the full package) for a vSphere 7 Essentials build. I found their compatibility guide (here: https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=server) but the hardware that I’ve priced out doesn’t seem to show up in any combination of choices I make. Does this mean I absolutely should not get the hardware I’ve already speced? It’s pretty basic stuff: Gigabyte MB, Intel Xeon processor…

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  1. It’s possible to force the install on some of the newer hardware that’s recently fallen off the compatibility matrix. However, I wouldn’t recommend it for anything more than lab usage. Both because it won’t be supported and because it’ll probably stop working with one of the next handful of updates.

    My suggestion would be to price out newer hardware.

  2. Don’t bet the business on hardware that won’t be supported by a software vendor. I agree with others to get hardware on the compatibility list.

  3. If you don’t find it on the list, no guarantee for it working neither do they provide support.

    But for homelab, most stuff works.

    Just go for a common chipset, or Google a the parts a and other person’s experience.

    When the ryzen first gen was released I got one the first ones released in my country, and a x370 motherboard.

    Esxi ran out of the box.

    Point is, runs on most hardware, but be aware of you experience “glitches”.

    Good luck

  4. I’ve had a lot of quirky and esoteric issues when the VMWare compatibility grid isn’t followed for both hardware and drivers. Don’t disregard it!!! 😊

  5. If you need to use this for supporting a production environment for a business then buy something off of the compatibility list. If you call support and you’re not on supported hardware you’re not going to get much help.

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