I’m studying for some certifications and own a yearly VMware User Group (VMUG) evaluation license for the full VMware suite, including Horizon, ESXi, vCenter Server, etc etc etc. I wish to learn about vGPU’s and wanted to reach out for some advice.
My goal is to learn how to set up multiple VM’s utilizing a single GPU, much like how the hypervisor can share a single CPU among multiple VM’s. Sadly, this doesn’t seem to be able to be done with consumer grade cards, so I’m looking at purchasing an older and affordable Quadro card for my home lab so I can learn this exciting technology.
My concern is that I’ve learned that we’re required to download a special .vib driver to import into ESXi, however from my initial research it appears that these drivers seem licensed behind some enterprise login portal. Is this accurate?
I was considering purchasing a Quadro 6000 or even a Quadro M4000 card off eBay. If I purchased one of these second-hand, am I able to get an ESXi 6.x driver for evaluation (academic) purposes? Would someone in my situation be better suited purchasing a different card? My limit is around $250.
I would greatly appreciate if anyone could point me in the right direction regarding this. I have a lot of consumer CUDA devices laying around, however I don’t think they can work in a vGPU environment because the .vib’s are designed explicitly for the professional grade cards.
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