Microsoft Azure – NVadsA10 v5-series

Microsoft have released a new instance powered by NVIDIA A10 GPUs and AMD EPYC 74F3V(Milan) CPU with a base frequency of 3.2 Ghz, all cores peak frequency of 4.0Ghz.  With NVadsA10v5-series Azure is introducing virtual machines with partial NVIDIA GPUs. Pick the right sized virtual machine for GPU accelerated graphics applications and virtual desktops starting at 1/6th of a GPU with 4-GiB frame buffer to a full A10 GPU with 24-GiB frame buffer.

The preview is currenty availabe in Azure – US South Central and Azure – West Europe regions.

Prices are now GA (21th March 2022) for North Europe, US East 2, US West3

Sign up for preview to get early access to the NVadsA10v5-series.

NVIDIA Ampere GPU (A10) is supporting GPU-P (SR-IOV) which is why its a big step for partitioning the GPU and making the price dramatically cheaper in Azure. *note there have not been released any prices yet of the instances (its unknown) 

Blogpost last updated: 21th March 2022

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NVIDIA vGPU 14

It’s time to plan updating your NVIDIA Enterprise GPUs. NVIDIA vGPU Software 14 is now GA since February 2022.

NVIDIA vGPU software includes vWSvCS, vPC, and vApps.

If you got any of following NVIDIA GPU’s: A100, A40, A30, A16, A10, A2, RTX A6000, RTX A5000, RTX8000, RTX6000, V100, T4, P100, P40, P6, P4, M60, M10, M6  If you are interested in a quick overview of which NVIDIA enterprise GPU is supporting which hypervisor, Guest os and remoting technology, I highly recommend you check out this link from NVIDIA that provides the NVIDIA vGPU software product support matrix. NVIDIA vGPU software 14 is supported until February 2023. NVIDIA vGPU software 14 is a Product Branch Support. I this article, I am also covering which Public Cloud instance is available with NVIDIA GPUs and which license is BYO or provided by the public cloud provider such as Azure, AWS, GCP, Alibaba. For a list of validated server platforms, refer to NVIDIA vGPU Certified Servers. Important note for EUC (Citrix/VMware customers):
  • NVIDIA vGPU 14.0 is supported with VMware Horizon 2111 (8.4), 2106 (8.3), 2013 (8.2), 2012 (8.1), 2006 (8.0), 7.13, 7.12, 7.11, 7.10, 7.9, 7.8, 7.7, 7.6, 7.5, 7.4, 7.3, 7.2, 7.1, 7.0
  • NVIDIA vGPU 14.0 is only supported with Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktops (LTSR) 7 1912, 7.15 (CR)  7 2112, 7 2109, 7 2106, 7 2103, 7 2012, 7 2009, 7 2003, 7 1909, 7 1906, 7 1903
This release includes the following software:
  • NVIDIA vGPU Manager version 510.47.03 for following hypervisors. (Citrix Hypervisor, VMware vSphere, RHEL KVM)
  • NVIDIA Windows driver version 511.65
  • NVIDIA Linux driver version 510.47.03

New Features in Release 14.0

  • Support for GPUDirect¬ģ technology on all C-series vGPUs on GPUs that support SR-IOV
  • Support for a mixture of time-sliced vGPUs of the same frame buffer size on the same GPU
  • Support for Tesla Compute Cluster (TCC) mode for Q-series vGPUs on Windows guest VMs
  • Support for GPU System Processor (GSP) in GPU pass through and bare-metal configurations on Linux with vCS
    Note: If you are using a product other than vCS, you must disable GSP as explained in Virtual GPU Software User Guide.
  • Enhanced NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit support:
    • NVIDIA CUDA Toolkit profilers can be enabled when unified memory is enabled.
    • Nsight Systems GPU context switch trace is supported.
  • Enhancements to the NVIDIA Management Library (NVML) to determine whether a vGPU type supports GPUDirect technology and peer-to-peer CUDA transfers over NVLink
  • Addition of RPM and Debian packages for the NVIDIA vGPU software graphics drivers for Linux
  • Security updates – see Security Bulletin: NVIDIA GPU Display Driver – February 2022, which is posted shortly after the release date of this software and is listed on the NVIDIA Product Security pages
  • Miscellaneous bug fixes

Hardware and Software Support Introduced in Release 14.0

  • Support for the following GPUs:
    • NVIDIA A2
    • NVIDIA A30X
    • NVIDIA A100X
  • Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux with KVM hypervisor 8.5
  • Support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.5 as a guest OS
  • Support for Debian 10 as a guest OS
  • Support for Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops version 7 2112
  • Support for VMware Horizon 2111 (8.4)

Feature Support Withdrawn in Release 14.0

  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux with KVM hypervisor 8.1, 7.8, and 7.7 are no longer supported.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 8.1 is no longer supported as a guest OS.
  • Red Hat Enterprise Linux 7.8 and 7.7 are no longer supported as a guest OS.
  • Windows Server 2012 R2 is no longer supported as a guest OS.

Features Deprecated in Release 14.0

The following table lists features that are deprecated in this release of NVIDIA vGPU software. Although the features remain available in this release, they might be withdrawn in a future release. In preparation for the possible removal of these features, use the preferred alternative listed in the table.

Deprecated Feature Preferred Alternative Additional Information
Legacy NVIDIA vGPU software license server NVIDIA License System NVIDIA Virtual GPU Software License Server End of Life Notice

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Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 2112

Citrix have released a new version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 2112.

Important features are big improvement with HDX graphics (HDX 3D Pro), Screen sharing and much more.

Release 7 2112 is now available for download, 14th December, 2021.

Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 2112 is a CR release. Read more about CR here

Citrix Virtual Apps (former name: XenApp) Citrix Virtual Desktop (former name: XenDesktop)

Citrix raises the bar of for user experience and new product release of following technologies:

  • Director 2112
  • Citrix Licensing 11.17.2
  • Virtual Delivery Agents 2112 for ServerOS and ClientOS
  • Virtual Delivery Agent 2112 for Linux
  • Citrix Federated Authentication Service 2112
  • Citrix Provisioning 2112
  • Profile Management 2112
  • Workspace Environment Management 2112
  • Session Recording 2112
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop Service (December 2021)
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop Standard for Azure (December 2021)
  • Citrix Cloud Health Check
  • Workspace App 2112 for Windows
  • Workspace App 2112 for Linux
  • Workspace App 2112 for Chrome
  • Workspace App 2112 for Android
  • Workspace App 2112 for MacOS
  • Workspace App 2112 for HTML5
  • Workspace App 2112 for ChromeOS

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Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 2109

Citrix have released a new version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 2109. So its time to upgrade your environment before Winter, a good time to clean up and update your environment and start good before winter is here :O).

Important features are support for the new bloomberg5 keyboard, improved UX support for Microsoft Teams and Windows 11 across all Citrix components.

Release 7 2109 is now available for download, 1th October, 2021.

Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 2109 is a CR release. Read more about CR here

Citrix Virtual Apps (former name: XenApp) Citrix Virtual Desktop (former name: XenDesktop)

Citrix raises the bar of for user experience and new product release of following technologies:

  • Windows 11 support
  • Director 2109
  • Citrix Licensing 11.17.2
  • Virtual Delivery Agents 2109 for ServerOS and ClientOS
  • Virtual Delivery Agent 2109 for Linux
  • Citrix Federated Authentication Service 2109
  • Citrix Provisioning 2109
  • Profile Management 2109
  • Workspace Environment Management 2109
  • Session Recording 2109
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop Service (October 2021)
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop Standard for Azure (October 2021)
  • Citrix Cloud Health Check
  • Workspace App 2109 for Windows
  • Workspace App 2109 for Linux
  • Workspace App 2109 for Chrome
  • Workspace App 2109 for Android
  • Workspace App 2109 for MacOS
  • Workspace App 2109 for HTML5
  • Workspace App 2109 for ChromeOS

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Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 2106

Citrix have released a new version of Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop 7 2106. So its time to upgrade your environment before Authem, a good time to clean up and update your environment and start good before fall is here :O).

Release 7 2106 is now available for download, August, 2021.
*This blogpost also includes release notes about components released in September 2021.

Citrix Virtual Apps & Desktop 7 2106 is a CR release. Read more about CR here

Citrix Virtual Apps (former name: XenApp) Citrix Virtual Desktop (former name: XenDesktop)

Citrix raises the bar of for user experience and new product release of following technologies:

  • Windows Server 2022 support
  • Director 2106
  • Citrix Licensing 11.17.2
  • Virtual Delivery¬†Agents 2106 for ServerOS and ClientOS
  • Virtual Delivery Agent 2107 for Linux
  • Citrix Federated Authentication Service 2106
  • Citrix Provisioning 2106
  • Profile Management 2106
  • Workspace Environment Management 2106
  • Session Recording 2107
  • Citrix App Layering 2107
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop Service (September 2021)
  • Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktop Standard for Azure (September 2021)
  • Citrix Cloud Health Check
  • Workspace App 2106 for Windows
  • Workspace App 2106 for Windows (Store)
  • Workspace App 2106 for Linux
  • Workspace App 2106 for Chrome
  • Workspace App 2106 for Android
  • Workspace App 2106 for MacOS
  • Workspace App 2106 for HTML5
  • Workspace App 2106 for ChromeOS

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