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RequirementDescription
Platforms

A server platform with an adapter card based on one of the following Mellanox Technologies’ following NVIDIA devices:

  • ConnectX®-5 (VPI, IB, EN) (firmware: fw-ConnectX5)
Device IDFor the latest list of device IDs, please visit MellanoxNVIDIA's website.
Operating SystemESXi 6.5
Installer PrivilegesThe installation requires administrator privileges on the target machine.

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Installing NVIDIA NATIVE ESXi Driver for VMware vSphere

Note

Please uninstall all previous Mellanox previous NVIDIA driver packages prior to installing the new version. See Removing Earlier Mellanox NVIDIA Drivers for further information.

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Note
After the installation process, all kernel modules are loaded automatically upon boot.

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Removing

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Earlier NVIDIA Drivers

Note

Please unload the previously installed drivers before removing them.

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  1. Log into the ESXi server with root permissions.
  2. List all the existing NATIVE ESXi driver modules. (See Step 4 in Installing Mellanox NVIDIA NATIVE ESXi Driver for VMware vSphere.)
  3. Remove each module:

    Code Block
    #> esxcli software vib remove -n nmlx5-rdma
    #> esxcli software vib remove -n nmlx5-core
    Note

    To remove the modules, you must run the command in the same order as shown in the example above.

  4. Reboot the server.

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  1. Download the VMware bootable binary images v4.6.0 from the Mellanox NVIDIA Firmware Tools (MFT) site.
    1. ESXi 6.5 File: mft-4.6.0.48-10EM-650.0.0.4598673.x86_64.vib
    2. MD5SUM: 0804cffe30913a7b4017445a0f0adbe1
  2. Install the image according to the steps described in the MFT User Manual.

    Note

    The following procedure requires custom boot image downloading, mounting and booting from a USB device.