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How to confirm the exact firmware version of NIC in ESXi

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How to confirm the exact firmware version of NIC in ESXi

Hi Guys

the enviroment :

ESXi 6.5U2 

BL660c Gen9

NIC HPE FlexFabric 20Gb 2-port 630FLB Adapter

I'm using SPP 201903 to update the firmware of 630FLB and install the latest driver for it.

in ESXi

I saw these information of this NIC

the FW is
the boot code is 7.15.56 
driver version
driver : qfle3

but In VMware HCL,as the attament shows 

driver is compatible  with the firmware 7.15.xx

actually ,in term of HPE,there is no actual firmware version ,just boot code,UEFI version ,etc..

Please kindly help to confirm if the firmware version in HCL means boot code of HPE.



Frequent Advisor

Re: How to confirm the exact firmware version of NIC in ESXi

Hello Terry,

Greetings !

In order to IDENTIFY NIC DRIVER AND FIRMWARE VERSIONS on the esxi host .,Please use the below mentioned steps.

Do an SSH Session to th esxi and run the following commands .

to get a list of the installed NICs on the host  -->     esxcli network nic list
Now that we have a list of the installed NICs, we can pull detailed configuration information. Run the esxcli network nic get command specifying the name of the NIC necessary

esxcli network nic get –n vmnic0

For exmaple the output will be like this .


 esxcli network nic get -n vmnic0

   Advertised Auto Negotiation: true

   Advertised Link Modes: Auto, 1000BaseT/Full, 100BaseT/Half, 100BaseT/Full, 10BaseT/Half, 10BaseT/Full

   Auto Negotiation: false

   Cable Type: Twisted Pair

   Current Message Level: 7

   Driver Info:

         Bus Info: 0000:02:00:0

         Driver: ntg3

         Firmware Version: bc 1.46 ncsi


   Link Detected: true

   Link Status: Up


For further information Please use the below mentioned link for reference and check the release notes section .






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