I am looking for someone to help me setup an ESXi Server on a Supermicro C9X299-PGF Motherboard utilizing Nvidia Grid K2 cards.
The issues I am having:
I have experience setting up the same configuration but on HP servers. Although the Supermicro is not a “qualified” motherboard to operate the K2 cards, there is no reason why it should not work and others have done this. This is a virtual video card utilizing vcpu drivers (not passthru). You must have experience utilizing this hardware and software.
1. I have installed ESXi 6.5 because apparently Nvidia dropped support on the Grid K1 and K2 so there are no drivers for ESXi 6.7 (although I haven’t tried using 6.5 drivers on 6.7 yet)
2. I only had the HP custom ESXi OS because you need to own a paid VMWare product to download free previous versions. Do you have ESXi 6.5 general version / non custom?
3. For the most part, I can do most of the install and setup myself, I only need troubleshooting support along the way.
4. Again the biggest hurdle at this point is to get the Nvidia K2 vCPU drivers up and running which I have been unsuccessful. This may be due to the fact that I’m using the HP custom ESXi installation. I have two K2 cards and confirm both are working. I believe they detect in the BIOS of the motherboard and I can see them in Vsphere which will allow me to use them as passthru but I can’t seem to install the vcpu drivers.
Our server is only going to be running 8-10 workstations so it is a very small installation so I don’t want to use, nor to I feel the need to run vcenter server. If you insist that this is necessary, we do have an installation that is available for troubleshooting but I eventually would like to eliminate it to simplify the network installation.
These workstations will run on Dell Wyse zero clients OR wireless clients. I have setup the zero clients before so that is no issue but may need assistance running the virtual workstations wirelessly.
This is actually a very simple project that should only take an experienced person a few hours of mostly research and troubleshooting. If you have no experience with this hardware but are a VMware expert, it will take quite a bit more time to troubleshooting.
I am available this weekend and weekdays after 6pm EST