nVidia vGPU Guide – Driver Selection

Choosing the vGPU Version

nVidia has multiple different versions of their vGPU software. Similar to how Microsoft updates Windows 10, nVidia has a long-term support branch (currently 8.3) and then feature branches. Keep in mind, that like Windows 10, the feature branches are supported for a shorter period of time and will require more frequent updates. However, the latest features and bug fixes are integrated into the feature branches more frequently then the long-term support branch.

The current table of long-term and feature support branches can be found here:

https://docs.nvidia.com/grid/

When deciding on a vGPU version be sure to look at the Supported Products matrix for that version of vGPU. Verify compatibility with the Hypervisor, GPU card, Guest OS and Virtalization Product.

Example: vGPU 8.3 supported products

Decide which vGPU version is best for you and continue to the next step to find the drivers for that vGPU version!

Finding the Drivers

nVidia vGPU configurations require drivers on both the Hypervisor and within the Guest VM itself. Luckily, nVidia publishes a single package that will provide both and ensure they’re compatible with each other.

Access to the nVidia Licensing Portal is required in order to download the driver package.

Once in the portal go to Software Downloads and then filter by the Hypervisor version, and the vGPU version.

Click Download to download the single Zip file containing the host and Guest VM drivers.

Where to go next?

Continue to the ESXi Host Driver Install page.