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It’s 2016; do I need VMWare ESXi to pass my dGPU through to a VM?

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Posted · Original PosterOP

I haven’t found a wealth of details on the subject, but what I have found are all several years old and mostly say that I need VMWare ESXi, a server-grade virtualisation solution, to pass through my GT 740 to my Windows 7 VM.

 

Is this true? Or would it be possible to use my regular VMWare Workstation setup to do so? What about with VirtualBox?


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Virtual box doesn't work with PCIe passthrough, no. Dunno about VMWare workstation, but I dont think so.


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19 minutes ago, Nicholatian said:

I haven’t found a wealth of details on the subject, but what I have found are all several years old and mostly say that I need VMWare ESXi, a server-grade virtualisation solution, to pass through my GT 740 to my Windows 7 VM.

 

Is this true? Or would it be possible to use my regular VMWare Workstation setup to do so? What about with VirtualBox?

Vm exsi can pass gpus in to a vm, but it will not work with Nvidia gt/gtx cards you need a quadro/amd card.

 

If you use xenserver, or something like unraid, or KVM then it will work with any gpu, most likely the easiest way is with a hypervisor, but something like KVM can run on ubuntu.

 

Also it depends on your cpu/motherboard, both have to support vt-x, and vt-d.

 

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https://www.pugetsystems.com/labs/articles/Multiheaded-NVIDIA-Gaming-using-Ubuntu-14-04-KVM-585/


 

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1 minute ago, SLAYR said:

Vm exsi can pass gpus in to a vm, but it will not work with Nvidia gt/gtx cards you need a quadro/amd card.

 

If you use xenserver, or something like unraid, or KVM then it will work with any gpu, most likely the easiest way is with a hypervisor, but something like KVM can run on ubuntu.

 

Also it depends on your cpu/motherboard, both have to support vt-x, and vt-d.

I have a Z170 motherboard and my CPU supports both VT-x and VT-d.

 

KVM is a kernel module, not a virtualisation suite – should I be using QEMU or something via KVM?


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5 minutes ago, Nicholatian said:

I have a Z170 motherboard and my CPU supports both VT-x and VT-d.

 

KVM is a kernel module, not a virtualisation suite – should I be using QEMU or something via KVM?

Look at the guide I posted, IIRC i think that KVM used QEMU in some way.


 

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