Install NVIDIA GPU Drivers on ESXi 5.5

Obtain the latest drivers for specific NVIDIA GPU from the NVIDIA Downloads page – http://www.nvidia.com/Download/index.aspx?lang=en-us, the download will be in a .VIB format.

Upload this VIB file to a datastore on the ESXi host using the vSphere Client/Web Console.

You will need to enter the host in to maintenance mode using the vSphere Client or via the shell:

hostsvc/maintenance_mode_enter

Initiate the install of the driver:

localcli software vib install --no-sig-check -v /vmfs/volumes/DATASTORENAME/PATHTOVIB/FILENAME.VIB

Monitor the Shell window for the progress of the installation, you will see the following message on the window:

Installation Result  
  Message: Operation finished successfully.  
  Reboot Required: false  
  VIBs Installed: VIB NAME

Reboot the host, once rebooted you will need to exit the maintenance mode using the vSphere or Shell:

hostsvc/maintenance_mode_exit

Confirm the installation of drivers

Check the status of the Xorg service by running this command:

 /etc/init.d/xorg status

This should confirm the xorg service is installed.

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