VMware vSphere Lifecycle Manager (aka vLCM) is one of the very interesting features in vSphere 7. vLCM is a powerful new approach to simplified consistent lifecycle management for the hypervisor and the full stack of drivers and firmware for the servers powering your data center.
There are only a few server vendors who have implemented firmware management with vLCM.
At the moment of writing this article, these vendors are:
- Dell and HPE for vSphere 7.0
- Dell, HPE, Lenovo for vSphere 7.0 Update 1
Recently I have got the following question from one of my customers.
"Where I can find official information about certified vLCM server vendors?"
It is a very good question. I would expect such information in VMware Compatibility Guides (VCG), however, there is no such information on "Systems / Servers" VCG but you can find it in "vSAN" VCG.
vSAN VCG contains "vSAN ReadyNodes Additional Features" where one feature is "vLCM Capable ReadyNode". So, there you can find Server Vendors successfully implemented firmware management integration with vLCM, but it is available only for vSAN Ready Nodes. I can imagine, that in the future, vLCM capability may or may not be available even for standard servers and not only for vSAN Ready Nodes.