NVIDIA – Install VIBs on a Nutanix ESXi cluster

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Some notes on how to insall the NVIDIA VIBs on a Nutanix ESXi cluster

  • WINSCP TO ESX: Copy the NVIDIA Virtual GPU Manager VIB file to the ESXi host.
  • VCENTER: Open console to CVM
  • CVM: ncli host ls | grep -C7 [IP address of CVM] ==> to find node_id
  • CVM: ncli host edit enable-maintenance-mode=true id=node_id ==> to put the CVM in maintenance mode
  • CVM: cvm_shutdown -P now
  • VCENTER: put host in maintenance mode
  • PUTTY TO ESX: esxcli software vib list ==> to verify if old NVIDIA vib is installed and which name it has
  • PUTTY TO ESX: esxcli software vib remove -n VIBNAME ==> to uninstall old NVIDIA vib
  • PUTTY TO ESX: esxcli software vib install -v PATH_TO_VIB -f ==> to install the new NVIDIA vib
  • PUTTY TO ESX: esxcli software vib list ==> to verify if new vib is installed
  • VCENTER: exit host from maintenance mode
  • VCENTER: power on CVM
  • VCENTER: Open console to CVM ==> connect to another one then the one you are upgrading
  • CVM: ncli host edit enable-maintenance-mode=false id=node_id
  • VCENTER: reboot ESXi
  • CVM: cluster status
  • PUTTY TO ESX: nvidia-smi
  • PUTTY TO ESX: verify if ECC mode is disabled. if it is enabled run “nvidia-smi -e 0” and reboot the host
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