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VSICM55 - Slide 03-16 - Other Devices

1. Room for improvement:

Information about USB support in vSphere 5.x is very limited. More details can be found in the linked Knowledge Base article.

1. Source:

VMware Knowledge Base articles.

2.a. Wrong:

Slide graphic and notes provide conflicting information, which is - in any case - either incomplete or wrong.

Slide graphic:

NVIDIA, AMD, and Intel GPUs.

Slide notes:

vSphere 5.1 supports hardware-accelerated 3D graphics for the VMware® Horizon View™ platform using NVidia Graphics Processors.
2.a. Correct:

AMD and NVIDIA are supported on Windows and Linux guest operating systems. Not all guests support 3D graphics.

Hardware requirements:
  • AMD
    • FirePro S7000 /S9000/S10000
    • FirePro v7800P/V9800P
    • Grid K1 and K2
    • Quadro 4000/5000/6000
    • Tesla M2070Q
Software requirements
  • Windows 7 or Windows 8 virtual machines:
    • VMware Horizon View 5.x or later
    • vSphere Client or VMware Workstation client
  • Linux virtual machines with the vmwgfx driver:
    • Fedora 10 or later or Ubuntu 12 or later
    • vSphere Clients or VMware Workstation clients
Note: Linux virtual machines do not include Horizon View support.
2.a. Source:

VMware Knowledge Base articles.


2.b. Info:

Intel GPUs are not supported in vSphere 5.5. Even if this slide graphic and the "What’s New in VMware vSphere® 5.5 Platform" white paper state differently, this is a typo.
A VMware employee - Linjo - has confirmed this, on November 11th 2013, in the VMware Community Forums.

2.b. Source:

VMware Communities.

Last modified onWednesday, 18 December 2013 20:12
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