NVIDIA GRID – “Could not initialize plugin ‘/usr/lib64/vmware/plugin/libnvidia-vgx.so’ for vGPU “profile_name””

If you are using the NVIDIA P4/P40 GPU graphic card based on the Pascal architecture you need to disable the “ECC Memory” otherwise your VMs will not power on and you will be left with the error:

Could not initialize plugin ‘/usr/lib64/vmware/plugin/libnvidia-vgx.so’ for vGPU “profile_name”

Start a SSH session to your ESX host and apply the following commands:

/etc/init.d/xorg stop
nv-hostengine -t
nv-hostengine -d
/etc/init.d/xorg start
nvidia-smi -e 0
reboot

After the reboot check with the command “nvidia-smi -q” if the Ecc Mode is disabled.
Your VM should now be able to power on and use the assigned vGPU.

For detailed information: https://docs.nvidia.com/grid/latest/grid-software-quick-start-guide/index.html#disabling-ecc-memory

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