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Discrete Device Assignment - available in vSphere ESXi Hypervisor

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I had this question after viewing Windows 2016 standalone HyperV server.

Does vSphere ESXi Hypervisor - VMWare's standalone free Hypervisor - have a feature equivalent to Discrete Device Assignment in Windows 2016 HyperV so VM's have direct access to the hardware on the host - e.g. GPU pass-through?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Yes, it's called VM Direct Path I/O, or PCI Passthrough.

see here

Configuring VMDirectPath I/O pass-through devices on a VMware ESX or VMware ESXi host (1010789)

It does work in the free version, it's been in ESXi since version 4.0, just be cautious you have to have a specific server, and also not ALL PCI devices work, especially GPUs!
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