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Support for Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers with GPUs and VMware vSphere

Summary: This article provides resources about Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers with GPUs and VMware vSphere. Included are hardware and software requirements, support matrix information and reference guides. ...

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This article provides resources about Dell EMC PowerEdge servers with hardware-accelerated graphics (GPUs) for VMware vShpere.


Virtualization technology removes hardware from the network equation, and allows you to host multiple and varied workloads that share the same hardware. In its infancy, virtualization technology was limited to CPU, memory, storage, and network applications. Now, however, virtualization can also benefit graphic workload balancing. The same common set of IT resources can be used to host multiple graphic workloads, or to provide virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI) for loads as low as simple document editing and as large as gaming design.

Selecting hardware combinations and configurations can significantly impact the successful deployment of VDI over VMware. The following provides guidance on selecting VMware vSphere features for VDI, and discusses troubleshooting solutions for issues you might encounter during setup and deployment.

Hardware and software requirements

The hardware and software requirements for supported GPUs are:

  • Hardware:
  • Software:
    • Supported VMware vSphere Hypervisor, ESXi versions
    • GPU drivers in guest operating system and host operating system
    • Specific CUDA software libraries
    • VMware Horizon client


Review the Dell EMC PowerEdge Servers with GPU and VMWare vSphere documentation available for each version of VMware ESXi, learn more. Detailed information available includes:
  • Features available in vShere with GPUs on PowerEdge servers
  • How to for configuring the graphics card
  • GPU support matrix with PowerEdge servers
  • Known issues and resolutions
Additional information from VMware includes the Virtual Machine Graphics Acceleration Deployment Guide.

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10 Apr 2021



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