We have a clean SuperMicro server and installed VMWare ESXI 6.0.2 build 360759. Entered “Maintenance Mode”, then followed the steps and installed the NVDIA Host Driver from the latest guide docs, rebooted and turned off “Maintenance Mode”. Once it came back up and we ssh’d in to verify it via various commands they all verified except when using the nvidia-smi command which returns: Failed to initialize NVML: Unknown Error
NOTE: The same hardware worked properly in GRID 2.0
Supermicro Chassis 1028GQ-TRT
Dual Xeon E5-2600v3 2.60
256 gib memory
(4) NVIDIA M-60 cards installed and in graphics mode
(2) 480 gig SSD drives
ESXI 6.0.2 build 360759
Steps taken to instal:
• Installed ESXI 6 on a clean system • Enabled SSH • No vm’s or Datastores setup yet • Setup clock on server: ntp.org.pool via vSphere • Checked off under Configuration/Software/Advanced Settings/VMkernel/Boot: ”VMkernel.Boot.disableACSCheck
" and clicked "OK"
• Entered Maintenance Mode
• Downloaded Grid software from NVIDIA License center under Recent Product Releases from this link:
• Grabbed the April 4th release of Grid 3.0 for vSphere 6.0
• Copied: NVIDIA-vGPU-VMware_ESXi_6.0_Host_Driver_361.40-1OEM.600.0.0.2494585.vib to tmp folder
• SSH’d into server
• Ran: esxcli software vib install -v /tmp/NVIDIA-vGPU-VMware_ESXi_6.0_Host_Driver_361.40-1OEM.600.0.0.2494585.vib
Message: Operation finished successfully.
Reboot Required: false
VIBs Installed: NVIDIA_bootbank_NVIDIA-vGPU-VMware_ESXi_6.0_Host_Driver_361.40-1OEM.600.0.0.2494585
? Rebooted Server and turned off Maintenance mode ? SSH'd into server and verified install
[root@localhost:~] esxcli software vib list | grep -i nvidia
NVIDIA-vGPU-VMware_ESXi_6.0_Host_Driver 361.40-1OEM.600.0.0.2494585 NVIDIA VMwareAccepted 2016-05-04
[root@localhost:~] vmkload_mod -l | grep nvidia
nvidia 0 10012
[root@localhost:~]esxcfg-module -l | grep nvidia
nvidia 0 10012
Failed to initialize NVML: Unknown Error
No passthru’s setup on ESXI it’s just a clean server with no vm’s or datastores
If we continue and go forward try to create VM’s and setup via vCenter to add the M60 card, none of the profiles are listed.
We’ve gone through this on 2 other servers with different CPU’s but the same software and M60 cards several times with the exact same results.