Quadro Virtual Workstation on Microsoft Azure Quick Start Guide

Getting started information for all users of NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation on Microsoft Azure.

1. Creating and Using an NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation Instance from the Microsoft Azure Marketplace

NVIDIA® Quadro® Virtual Workstation is an NVIDIA Virtual Machine Image (VMI) preconfigured with Quadro Virtual Workstation software and NVIDIA GPU hardware. The NVIDIA Quadro driver is preinstalled on the VMI and NVIDIA ensures that the image is always up to date with the latest Quadro ISV certifications, patches, and upgrades. Support and technical information to help you get started are available on the NVIDIA Quadro vWS on CSP Marketplace community forum and from additional resources.

1.1. Creating a GPU-Accelerated Virtual Workstation

Prepare for creating a GPU-accelerated virtual workstation from the Microsoft Azure marketplace as follows:

  • Ensure that you have a Microsoft Azure account and an active subscription.

  • Decide which size of virtual machine (VM) you want to create.

    For information about the VM sizes that support Quadro Virtual Workstation, see Quadro Virtual Workstation on Microsoft Azure Release Notes.

  • If you are creating an Ubuntu VM and want to use SSH public key authentication for the administrator account, generate an SSH public key.

  1. In a web browser, log on to Microsoft Azure portal (https://portal.azure.com).
  2. Go to the NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation listing for the guest OS that you want to use:

    Screen capture showing the NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation Overview page

  3. Click the Plans + Pricing tab to view hourly pricing for the Quadro Virtual Workstation product. There are also additional Microsoft Azure infrastructure costs for the GPU, memory, and storage.

    Screen capture showing plans and pricing for NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation on Microsoft Azure

  4. Select your closest region and set the Publisher recommendations option to see the VM sizes in the selected region that support Quadro Virtual Workstation.
    Note: Not all VM sizes that support Quadro Virtual Workstation are available in all regions.


    Screen capture showing VM sizes recommended by NVIDIA for Quadro Virtual Workstation on Microsoft Azure

  5. If the VM size that you want to use is not listed, select a different region until you find the VM size that you want.
  6. Click GET IT NOW in the right column to view the details of the instance.

    Screen capture showing the Create this app in Azure window for NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation

  7. Click Continue to be redirected to the Microsoft Azure portal.

    Screen capture showing the NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation Overview page on the Microsoft Azure portal

  8. Click Create to go to the Create a Virtual Machine page.
  9. On the Basics tab, provide the project details and instance details.

    Screen capture showing the Basics tab of the Create a Virtual Machine page

    1. Select an existing subscription and select or create a resource group.
    2. Enter the name that you want for the VM.
    3. Select the region where you want the VM to be deployed. Ensure that the VM size that you want is available in the selected region. Not all VM sizes that support Quadro Virtual Workstation are available in all regions.
    4. Leave the image at its preset value.
  10. If you want a different image size than the default size, specify the size that you want.
    1. Follow the Change size link.

      Screen capture showing the Select a VM Size page

    2. In the search box, start typing the VM size that you want.
    3. When you see the VM size that you want, select it and click Select.
  11. Provide the credentials for the administrator account. This account is created for you when the VM is created.
    1. Ubuntu VMs only: Select the authentication type.
    2. Enter your choice of user name for the administrator account.
    3. Provide the authentication for the user.
      • For password authentication, enter the password and confirm the password.
      • For SSH public key authentication, provide an SSH key.
  12. On the Networking tab, create or select a network security group and review the default settings to see if they meet your requirements and change any settings as required. For example, if you want to communicate with the VM from outside the virtual network, create or select a public IP for your VM.
  13. On the remaining tabs for configuring the VM, review the default settings to see if they meet your requirements and change any settings as required.
  14. On the Review + create tab, review your selections and click Create to provision the VM.

    Screen capture showing the Review + Create tab of the Create a Virtual Machine page

    Deployment is complete in a few minutes.

    Screen capture showing the Your deployment is complete page

Connect to your VM as explained in one of the following topics:

1.2. Starting and Connecting to a GPU-Accelerated Virtual Workstation on a Windows VM

Note: For instructions for an Ubuntu VM, see Install and configure Remote Desktop to connect to a Linux VM in Azure on the Microsoft documentation site.
  1. From the left menu, choose Virtual machines and in the list that appears, click the name of your VM.

    Screen capture showing the Virtual machines page

  2. If necessary, start your VM from the Virtual machine page. Your VM might already be running because when your VM is deployed, it is started for you.
  3. Click the Connect icon and in the Connect to virtual machine panel that opens, click Download RDP File.

    Screen capture showing the virtual machine details page with the Connect to virtual machine panel

  4. When the download is complete, double-click the RDP file to start a Remote Desktop Connection session on the VM.
  5. When you are prompted, log in to the VM with the credentials for the administrator account that you specified when you created the VM.
You are now ready to run your design and engineering software.

1.3. Trying Out your GPU-Accelerated Virtual Workstation with Ansys Discovery Live

Ansys has endorsed the use of the Ansys Discovery Live app with NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation on Microsoft Azure. If you can install the Ansys Discovery Live app in your VM, you can use the app to try out your cloud-based virtual workstation.
  1. Open Ansys Discovery Live.

    Screen capture showing the Ansys Discovery Live splash screen

  2. Select the sample model of a truck.
  3. Make some adjustments to the sample model and notice that the changes are instantaneous as adjustments are made.

    Screen capture showing the truck model in the Ansys Discovery Live app

  4. Instantly visualize your simulation and see the effects of changed geometry in seconds, not hours.
  5. View circulation zones and particle flow to achieve a higher degree of confidence.

    Screen capture showing a front-on view of the truck model in the Ansys Discovery Live app



    Screen capture showing a close-up view of the truck model in the Ansys Discovery Live app

With NVIDIA Quadro Virtual Workstation images from the Microsoft Azure marketplace powered by NVIDIA GPUs, you can now interact in real-time with simulation results and iterate design alternatives.

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