NVIDIA GRID: Linux Guest OS support for Linux distributions on Citrix and VMware

Answer ID 4205   |    Updated 07/25/2016 02:25 PM

NVIDIA GRID: Linux Guest OS support for Linux distributions on Citrix and VMware

Much of the marketing around Linux VDA's mentions support for "SUSE", "CentOS" or other genres of Linux. It is important that customers check both their hypervisor and VDI solutions official support matrix as both Citrix and VMware only certify, QA and support specific versions of Linux Guest OSs. Customers may find themselves unsupported by the virtualization vendors if they fail to check that the OS and specific version is supported by both their hypervisor and VDI solution (especially if mixing vendors such as Citrix XenDesktop on VMware ESXi).

Both vendors are evolving their Linux support rapidly and customers must check the documentation associated with the relevant versions of VMware/Citrix products they intend to use.

NVIDIA cannot provide support for guest OSs unsupported by the relevant virtualization vendor and as such customers are recommended to contact VMware/Citrix if they wish to use alternative versions/distributions. It is very likely many other varieties of Linux will "work" but customers should be aware that they will be unable to obtain hypervisor or VDI support in the event of an issue.


XenServer Support for Linux Guest OSs

This is documented in the "Citrix XenServer® Virtual Machine User's Guide" for the relevant version of XenServer e.g. for 7.0, here: http://docs.citrix.com/content/dam/docs/en-us/xenserver/xenserver-7-0/downloads/xenserver-7-0-vm-users-guide.pdf

XenDesktop Guest OSs Supported by the Linux VDA

This can be found in the Linux VDA product documentation for the relevant version of XenDesktop under the section "System Requirements" e.g. for XenDesktop 7.9 Please see http://docs.citrix.com/en-us/xenapp-and-xendesktop/7-9/install-configure/suse-linux-vda.html


ESXi/vSphere Support for Linux Guest OSs

Supported Linux OSs are listed in the "VMware Compatibility Guide": https://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php?deviceCategory=software

Horizon Support for Linux Guest OSs

The versions and distributions supported by Horizon are listed in the FAQ for the appropriate release e.g. for Horizon 7, here: http://www.vmware.com/content/dam/digitalmarketing/vmware/en/pdf/products/horizon/vmware-horizon-for-linux-faq.pdf

Relevant products

NVIDIA GRID and Quadro

Linux VDA

vGPU and GPU pass-through

Citrix XenServer and XenDesktop

VMware ESXi/vSphere and Horizon View

Linux OSs: Ubuntu, RHEL, SUSE, CentOS, NeoKylin

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