So yesterday VMware released a new application online that allows you to search for your hardware to see if it is supported with ESX systems
We got this one from John Troyer (and thanks to Duncan for letting us know).
The the small print at the bottom says:
THE HARDWARE COMPATIBILITY GUIDE IS UPDATED FROM TIME TO TIME WITHOUT NOTICE. FOR THE LATEST HARDWARE COMPATIBILITY GUIDE, PLEASE GO TO THE FOLLOWING LINK
So I guess I will still be downloading/accessing the HCL PDF every time I buy a new server.
It is a great move in the right direction though!!