alloveru
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New to vmware esxi - need some help...

Hello,

I am trying set up a new vm esxi server, but I am running into several road blocks that I can't seem to figure out. I am coming from a current unRaid system where I have several Windows server vms running, however, I would like to switch them all over to vmware. 

I installed ESXI 7, have things up and running in the web ui.  I have figured out how to add VMs and then through the back door add an existing hard drive to the vm. However, when I attempt to passthrough device, I fail.  I will select my NVidia GPU press toggle passthrough, says it is "Enabled / Needs reboot", great, reboot the system, have a look, and still in the same status, "Enabled / Needs reboot". No matter which device I try passing through I am getting this issue. Correction, I was able to pass my Non-Volatile memory controller (just couldn't figure out how to attach it to a vm.)

What am I doing wrong?

hostdetails.png

passthrough.png

 I also receive this error after a reboot.  I reload the browser and everything is fine.  (I have tried it on both PC and Mac, chrome, safari and edge. All get the error.)

randomerror.png

Thanks for you help, greatly appreciated!

 

 

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alloveru
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I tried following the instructions from this video https://youtu.be/Du1UHyWKfHo but still no luck.

There must be something super simple that I am missing... 

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nachogonzalez
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Your ESXI host is in Maintenance Mode you won't be able to place Virtual Machines on that.
Right click --> Exit maintenance mode.


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alloveru
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Sorry, that was bad timing on my screenshot.

I had read somewhere that when trying to setup passthroughs I needed to be in maintenance mode.   Even when I take the system out of maintenance mode I still keep getting the "Enabled / Needs Reboot"

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nachogonzalez
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Sorry, have you checked if your hardware is supported on VMware hcl?

https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php

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alloveru
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When I check that site it comes back with nothing! which i am very sceptical...  I have searched and see others have successfully used the Ryzen 9 3950x cpu, and the GPU I want to passthrough.

Thanks for your help!

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