You must download and install the VIB for your NVIDIA GRID graphics card on the ESXi 6.0 U1 or later host.

NVIDIA provides a vGPU software package that includes a vGPU Manager, which you install on the ESXi host in this procedure, and a Linux Display Driver, which you will install on the Linux virtual machine in a later procedure.


  • Verify that vSphere 6.0 U1 or a later release is installed in your environment.
  • Verify that the required vGPU graphics card is installed on the ESXi host.
Note: For information about the NVIDIA graphics cards and Linux distributions that support vGPU capabilities, see


  1. Download the VIB for your NVIDIA GRID vGPU graphics card from the NVIDIA website.
    Select the appropriate VIB version from the drop-down menus.
    Option Description
    Product Type GRID
    Product Series Select NVIDIA GRID vGPU.
    Product Select the version (such as GRID K2) that is installed on the ESXi host.
    Operating System Select the VMware vSphere ESXi version.
  2. Uncompress the vGPU software package .zip file.
  3. Upload the vGPU Manager folder to the ESXi host.
    Note: You will install the Linux Display Driver on the Linux virtual machine in a later procedure.
  4. Power off or suspend all virtual machines on the ESXi host.
  5. Connect to the ESXi host using SSH.
  6. Stop the xorg service.
    # /etc/init.d/xorg stop
  7. Install the NVIDIA VIB.
    For example:
    # esxcli system maintenanceMode set --enable true
    # esxcli software vib install -v /path-to-vib/NVIDIA-VIB-name.vib
    # esxcli system maintenanceMode set --enable false
  8. Reboot or update the ESXi host.
    • For an installed ESXi host, reboot the host.
    • For a stateless ESXI host, take the following steps to update the host. (These steps also work on an installed host.)
      Update vmkdevmgr:
      # kill -HUP $(cat /var/run/vmware/ 
      Wait for the update to complete:
      # localcli --plugin-dir /usr/lib/vmware/esxcli/int deviceInternal bind  
      This is a new requirement with the NVIDIA 352.* host driver:
      # /etc/init.d/nvidia-vgpu start  
      Restart xorg, which is used for GPU assignment:
      # /etc/init.d/xorg start 
  9. Verify that the xorg service is running after the host is restarted.