NVIDIA-SMI has failed because it couldn’t communicate with the NVIDIA driver

Today I encountered the problem that the NVDIA driver couldn’t communicate with the M60 Tesla card in an ESX 6.5 environment.

The host driver was installed successfully:

The M60 card was recognized within the ESX host

Fix

You need to disable the “DirectPath I/O” on the host. Navigate to Hardware –> PCI Devices . Make sure the graphic card is not selected as passtrough device.  Thanks to Simon Schaber from NVIDIA who gave me the final clue.

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