VDDK Compatibility Matrix

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Supported VDDK versions

SEP sesam requires the VMware Virtual Disk Development Kit (VDDK) to be installed on SEP sesam data mover (SDM-VV). A data mover role for VMware vSphere can be combined either with a SEP sesam Server, SEP sesam Remote Device Server or SEP sesam Client.

Check the table below for the recommended VDDK version in combination with SEP sesam.

  • On Windows, the VDDK is installed by default, but a different VDDK version may be required depending on your environment. In this case, install the required VDDK version manually.
  • For Linux, you have to install the required VDDK version manually. For details, see Installing VDDK on Linux.

Since VMware version information is subject to change by VMware, SEP recommends to regularly check the VMware Product Interoperability Matrix.

VMware version Note a
Supported VDDK Note b SEP sesam Release Versions Limitations
vSphere 7.0 VDDK 6.5.2 (see limitations!) 4.4.3 Beefalo V2 (see limitations!) vSphere 7.0 with VDDK 6.5.2 is not officially supported by VMware. However, some customers are backing up vSphere 7.0 with Beefalo version 2, which contains VDDK 6.5.2. Although this version of VDDK is not officially supported for vSphere 7.0, it appears to work. Note that any issues related to the use of this officially unsupported version are the responsibility of the user and not SEP sesam or VMware.
vSphere 6.7 (supported proxy OS) VDDK 6.5.2 (manual update required)
VDDK 6.0.3 (manual update required)
4.4.3 Grolar and Beefalo Check Release Notes for compatibility and issues.
vSphere 6.5 (supported proxy OS) VDDK 6.5.2 (manual update required)
VDDK 6.0.3 (included in SEP sesam Windows client ≥
VDDK 6.0.2 (included in SEP sesam Windows client ≤
4.4.3 Tigon and Tigon V2 (
vSphere 6.0 VDDK 6.0.2 ≤
vSphere 5.5 VDDK 5.5 – 5.5.5 4.4.2
vSphere 5.1 VDDK 5.1 ≤ 4.4.1
vSphere 5.0 VDDK 5.0 ≤ 4.4.1


  • Notea
  • As of VMware vSphere 5, backup with SEP sesam is only supported with a licensed ESXi hypervisor. Backup of ESXi 5.5 hypervisors is supported as of SEP sesam version

  • Noteb
  • The VMware policy concerning backward and forward compatibility is for VDDK to support N-2 and N+1 releases. For example, VDDK 6.0 and all of its update releases support vSphere 5.1, 5.5, and 6.5 (except new features).

  • Notec
  • VDDK 6.5.2 was tested by VMware with the following operating systems to perform proxy backup:

    • Windows Server 2008 R2
    • Windows Server 2012 and 2012 R2
    • Windows Server 2016
    • Windows 10
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux; RHEL 6.7, 6.8, 7.2 and 7.3
    • SUSE Linux Enterprise Server; SLES 11 SP4 and SLES 12 SP1

See also

SEP sesam Release VersionsWhat is a SEP sesam Data MoverVMware Requirements & RestrictionsVMware Backup