Project Summary — Design and deploy a new cluster of VMware vSphere ESXi servers to an existing datacenter that provide dedicated graphics hardware acceleration to virtual machine systems.
The client had a software application that required the installation of Nvidia graphics display drivers on a virtual machine. The problem was that a physical Nvidia display adapter card was required to install and run the Nvidia software. Typically, virtual machines have a virtual VMware SVGA 3D display adapter.
Several different architectural design options were evaluated. The final solution chosen was to deploy a new cluster of VMware ESXI servers that included vDGA capability. The virtual machines requiring vDGA would run on this new cluster. Users would access these virtual machines using either Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection application or OpenText’s Exceed On Demand application.
To deploy vDGA, the client also needed to update their VMware infrastructure from VMware vSphere 5.0 to 5.5. This required updating their vCenter servers, vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) servers, and the vSphere client application from 5.0 to 5.5. The vDGA virtual machines also needed to be updated to version 9.
- Dell PowerEdge R720 Servers
- Microsoft Windows 7
- Microsoft Windows 2008 Server
- Nvidia GRID K1 Graphics Cards
- OpenText Exceed On Demand (X client)
- Red Hat Enterprise Linux
- Virtual Dedicated Graphics Acceleration (vDGA)
- VMware vCenter Server
- VMware VM Machine version 9
- VMware vSphere Client
- VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) 5.5
The project was completed on time and within budget.