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NVIDIA Release Virtual GPU Software 15


NVIDIA have released version 15 of their NVIDIA Virtual GPU (vGPU) software.

Version 15 adds support for the NVIDIA H100 and VMware vSphere 8, as well as several new software features. More significantly though, version 15 removed support for the original NVIDIA vGPU software license server (now referred to as the legacy vGPU software license server by NVIDIA), supporting only the new NVIDIA license system.

Although support for the original NVIDIA vGPU software license server was deprecated in version 14, guest operating systems running version 14 vGPU drivers could still check out a license. When upgraded to version 15, guest operating systems will no longer be able to check out licenses from the original NVIDIA vGPU software license server and will only be able to check out licenses from the new NVIDIA license system.


Most organisations running NVIDIA vGPU software version 14 in production should have already migrated to the new NVIDIA license system. If not, they should be planning a migration before February 2023 when support for version 14 ends.


For organisations running versions 11 and 13 of the NVIDIA vGPU software in production, support for the original NVIDIA vGPU software license server ends at the end of July 2023. For organisations running version 13, they can migrate to the new NVIDIA license system any time before the end of July 2023 as version 13 supports the new NVIDIA license system. Version 11 does not support the new NVIDIA license system. Version 11 will be supported until July 2023 with organisations running version 11 recommended to consider migrating to version 13 earlier. This will allow time for the migration to the NVIDIA license system before the end of July 2023.


When planning a migration to a new NVIDIA vGPU software version, compatibility with the current operational hypervisor, guest operating system, and applications, should be considered as these may also require upgrading.


Any production implementations still using the original NVIDIA vGPU software license server after July 2023 will continue to operate as expected and will not be affected. After July 2023 technical and software support for the original NVIDIA vGPU software license server will end. When using the NVIDIA licensing portal you will also no longer be able to manage licenses or licensed products, create a new licensing server, or download existing binary license files related to the original NVIDIA vGPU software license server.

Further information can be found at the NVIDIA Virtual GPU Software document site here.

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