Installation Notes

NVIDIA UFM Enterprise User Manual v6.16.0

Supported NVIDIA Externally Managed Switches



Latest Tested Firmware Version

NDR switches

  • MQM9790


HDR switches

  • MQM8790


EDR switches

  • SB7790

  • SB7890


Supported NVIDIA Internally Managed Switches



Latest Tested OS Version

NDR switches

  • MQM9700

MLNX-OS 3.11.1014

HDR switches

  • MQ8700

  • MCS8500

  • TQ8100-HS2F

  • TQ8200-HS2F

MLNX-OS 3.11.1014

EDR switches

  • SB7700

  • SB7780

  • SB7800

  • CS7500

  • CS7510

  • CS7520

MLNX-OS 3.10.5002

Bare Metal Deployment Requirements


Type and Version

OS and Kernel

(Relevant for Standalone and High-Availability deployments)

64-bit OS:

  • RedHat 7.9: 3.10.0-1160.el7.x86_64

  • RedHat 8.2: 4.18.0-193.el8.x86_64

  • RedHat 8.4: 4.18.0-305.el8.x86_64

  • RedHat 8.6: 4.18.0-372.9.1.el8.x86_64

  • RedHat 9.0: 5.14.0-70.13.1.el9_0.x86_64

  • CentOS 7.9: 3.10.0-1160.el7.x86_64

  • Ubuntu 18.04: 4.15

  • Ubuntu 20.04: 5.4.0

  • Ubuntu 22.04: 5.15.0




  • NVIDIA ConnectX®-4 with Firmware 12.12.xxxx and above(c)

  • NVIDIA ConnectX®-4 Lx with Firmware 14.32.1010

  • NVIDIA ConnectX®-5 with Firmware 16.19.1200 and above

  • NVIDIA ConnectX®-6 with Firmware 20.24.1000 and above

  • NVIDIA ConnectX®-7 with Firmware 28.33.1014 and above

  • NVIDIA Mezzanine Board with Four ConnectX-7 ASICs for Multi-GPU Connectivity (CEDAR) with Firmware 28.36.0394 and above

  • NVIDIA BlueField with Firmware 24.33.900 and above

  • NVIDIA BlueField-2 with Firmware 24.33.900 and above

  • NVIDIA BlueField-3 with Firmware 32.36.3058 and above



  • MLNX_OFED23.x

  • MLNX_OFED24.x


(a) CPU requirements refer to resources consumed by UFM. You can also dedicate a subset of cores on a multicore server. For example, 4 cores for UFM on a 16-core server.
(b) For supported HCAs in each MLNX_OFED version, please refer to MLNX_OFED Release Notes.
(c)UFM v6.15.0 is the last version to support NVIDIA ConnectX-4 adapter cards


From RedHat 9* and onwards, packages with SHA1 signatures are no longer supported. The CONDA package binary is signed with SHA1 signatures and thus, CONDA will not be installed with RedHat 9*.

Two options are available to overcome this.

  1. Recommended Option: Run the following command to install Conda (change gpgcheck from 1 to 0):


    cat <<EOF > /etc/yum.repos.d/conda.repo [conda] name=Conda baseurl= enabled=1 gpgcheck=0 gpgkey= EOF   #install conda yum install conda

  2. Alternative Option: Run the following command to set the RedHat 9* system-wide cryptographic policy to use legacy (less-secured) policy:


    update-crypto-policies --set LEGACY

    Install Conda as instructed by the UFM installation script.
    After Conda installation, the policy can be set back to default by running the following command:


    update-crypto-policies --set DEFAULT


For running SHARP Aggregation Manager within UFM, it is recommended to use MLNX_OFED-5.4.X version or newer.


Installation of UFM on minimal OS distribution is not supported.


UFM does not support systems in which NetworkManager service is enabled.

Before installing UFM on RedHat OS, make sure to disable the service.

Docker Installation Requirements

UFM Docker Container is supported on the standard docker environment (engine).

The following operating systems were tested with Docker Container (as standalone container):


Type and Version

Supported OS

  • RHEL7

  • RHEL8

  • RHEL9

  • Ubuntu18.04

  • Ubuntu20.04

  • Ubuntu22.04


For UFM Docker Container installation in HA mode, please refer to Bare Metal Deployment Requirements for the list of operating systems and kernels which support HA.

UFM Server Resource Requirements per Cluster Size

Fabric Size

CPU Requirements*

Memory Requirements

Disk Space Requirements



Up to 1000 nodes

4-core server

4 GB

20 GB

50 GB

1000-5000 nodes

8-core server

16 GB

40 GB

120 GB

5000-10000 nodes

16-core server

32 GB

80 GB

160 GB

Above 10000 nodes

Contact NVIDIA Support

UFM GUI Client Requirements

The platform and GUI requirements are detailed in the following tables:




Edge, Internet Explorer, Firefox, Chrome, Opera, Safari


  • Minimum: 8 GB

  • Recommended: 16 GB

MFT Package Version




Integrated with MFT version mft-4.27.0-83.

UFM SM Version


Type and Version


UFM package includes SM version 5.18.0


Assuming the SM is connected to the production cluster, it can handle any events (IB traps) coming from the fabric that is being built; such events should not affect the routing on the production cluster. If events occurred in the production cluster, the routing could be changed.

However, NVIDIA recommends isolating fabric sections to allow faster bring-ups, faster troubleshooting and misconfiguration avoidance that can cause routing errors. Isolation provides clearer SM and CollectX logs, avoiding warnings/errors from masking real production issues.

UFM NVIDIA SHARP Software Version


Type and Version

NVIDIA® Scalable Hierarchical Aggregation and Reduction Protocol (SHARP)™

UFM package includes NVIDIA SHARP software version 3.6.0

The installer detects versions previously installed on the machine and prompts you to run a clean install of the new version or to upgrade while keeping user data and configuration unchanged.

The upgrade from previous versions maintains the existing database and configuration, allowing a seamless upgrade process.


Upgrading UFM Enterprise software version is supported up to two previous GA software versions (GA -1 or -2).
For example, if you wish to upgrade to UFM Enterprise v6.11.0, it is possible to do so only from UFM Enterprise v6.9.0 or v6.10.0.

For detailed installation and upgrade instructions, refer to the UFM Quick Start Guide.


Due to a possible conflict, SM and SHARP installed by the MLNX_OFED must be uninstalled. The installation procedure will detect and print all MLNX_OFED packages that must be removed.


It is recommended to upgrade to the latest UFM version from the last 2 GA releases that came before it. Upgrading from older UFM versions may result in failures.

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