Create vGPU enabled VMs

This section provides step-by-step instructions on how to create a virtual GPU or GPU pass-through enabled VM.


If you are using the Intel GPU Pass-through feature, first see the section Enabling Intel GPU Pass-through for more configuration, and then complete the following steps.

  1. Create a VM using XenCenter. Select the host on the Resources pane and then select New VM on the VM menu.

  2. Follow the instructions on the New VM configuration and select the Installation Media, Home Server, and CPU & Memory.

  3. GPU-enabled hosts display a GPU configuration page:

    GPU configuration page

  4. Click Add. From the GPU Type list, select either Pass-through whole GPU, or a virtual GPU type.

    Unavailable virtual GPU types are grayed-out.

    If you want to assign multiple vGPUs to your VM, ensure that you select a vGPU type that supports multiple vGPU. Repeat this step to add more vGPUs of the same type.

  5. Click Next to configure Storage and then Networking.

  6. After you complete your configuration, click Create Now.

Install the XenServer VM Tools

Without the optimized networking and storage drivers provided by the XenServer VM Tools, remote graphics applications running on NVIDIA vGPU do not deliver maximum performance.

Install the in-guest drivers

When viewing the VM console in XenCenter, the VM typically boots to the desktop in VGA mode with 800 x 600 resolution. The standard Windows screen resolution controls can be used to increase the resolution to other standard resolutions. (Control Panel > Display > Screen Resolution)


When using GPU pass-through, we recommend that you install the in-guest drivers through RDP or VNC over the network. That is, not through XenCenter.

To ensure that you always have the latest security and functional fixes, ensure that you always take the latest updates to your in-guest drivers.

Install the NVIDIA drivers

To enable vGPU operation (as for a physical NVIDIA GPU), install NVIDIA drivers into the VM.

The following section provides an overview of the procedure. For detailed instructions, see the NVIDIA virtual GPU Software documentation.

  1. Start the VM. In the Resources pane, right-click on the VM, and click Start.

    During this start process, XenServer dynamically allocates a vGPU to the VM.

  2. Follow the Windows operating system installation screens.

  3. After the operating system installation completes, restart the VM.

  4. Install the appropriate driver for the GPU inside the guest. The following example shows the specific case for in guest installation of the NVIDIA GRID drivers.

  5. Copy the 64-bit NVIDIA Windows driver package to the VM, open the zip file, and run setup.exe.

  6. Follow the installer steps to install the driver.

  7. After the driver installation has completed, you might be prompted to reboot the VM. Select Restart Now to restart the VM immediately, alternatively, exit the installer package, and restart the VM when ready. When the VM starts, it boots to a Windows desktop.

  8. To verify that the NVIDIA driver is running, right-click on the desktop and select NVIDIA Control Panel.

  9. In the NVIDIA Control Panel, select System Information. This interface shows the GPU Type in use by the VM, its features, and the NVIDIA driver version in use:

    NVIDIA driver version in use


    Depending on the NVIDIA graphics card used, you might need an NVIDIA subscription or a license. For more information, see the NVIDIA product information.

The VM is now ready to run the full range of DirectX and OpenGL graphics applications supported by the GPU.

For Linux VMs

In your Linux VM, install the driver as instructed by the NVIDIA User Guides.

If your Linux VM boots in UEFI Secure Boot mode, you might be required to take additional steps to sign the driver. For more information, see Install third-party drivers on your Secure Boot Linux VM.

Install the Intel drivers (deprecated)

To enable GPU operation, install Intel drivers into the VM.

  1. Start the VM. In the Resources pane, right-click on the VM, and click Start.

    During this boot process, XenServer dynamically allocates a GPU to the VM.

  2. Follow the Windows operating system installation screens.

  3. After the operating system installation completes, reboot the VM.

  4. Copy the 64-bit Intel Windows driver (Intel Graphics Driver) to the VM.

  5. Run the Intel Graphics Driver setup program

  6. Select Automatically run WinSAT, and then click Next.

    Intel Graphics Driver setup

  7. To accept the License Agreement, click Yes, and on the Readme File Information screen, click Next.

  8. Wait until the setup operations complete. When you are prompted, click Next.

    Intel Graphics Driver setup

  9. To complete the installation, you are prompted to restart the VM. Select Yes, I want to restart this computer now, and click Finish.

  10. After the VM restarts, check that graphics are working correctly. Open the Windows Device Manager, expand Display adapters, and ensure that the Intel Graphics Adapter does not have any warning symbols.


    You can obtain the latest drivers from the Intel website.

Create vGPU enabled VMs