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ESXi-Arm vSphere HA VIBs for vCenter Server 8.0U2 

Mar 05, 2024 11:43 PM

ESXi-Arm vSphere HA VIBs for vCenter Server 8.0U2

We have released the FDM vibs required to enable High Availability in a cluster of Arm servers when connected to vCenter Server 8.0U2 (for all versions of the ESXi Arm Fling). FDM vibs are available for download from the ESXi-Arm VMware Customer Connect site.

vCenter 8.0U2 versionsBuild Number
8.0U2 GA22385739



  • You need to download the FDM vib with build number matching the vCenter Server being used. You can find that build number on the administration page: https://<vc>:5480/
  • The FDM vib must be manually installed on all the hosts of a cluster *before* enabling HA (or before adding a host to a HA enabled cluster); otherwise vCenter will try to push its x86 FDM vib on the Arm server.

Once the matching FDM vib has been copied to the host, install the vib with --no-sig-check (as those are not signed builds).

e.g. when using vCenter Server 8.0 Update 2, build number 22385739:

esxcli software vib install -v /vmfs/volumes/<datastore>/vmware-fdm_8.0.2-1.22385739.arm64.vib --no-sig-check

Note: Since vCenter Server 7.0 Update 1, vCLS Virtual Machines are required for DRS to function. Attempts to deploy those VMs built for x86 to the Arm servers will fail, and the cluster must be put in retreat mode for VC to stop trying. The Cluster Services health will be set to Degraded, and DRS is not functional. vSphere HA does not perform optimal placement during a host failure scenario. HA depends on DRS for placement recommendations. HA will still power on the VMs but these VMs might be powered on in a less optimal host.

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