Enabling SR-IOV or PCI Passthrough on ESXi

Describes how to enable single route input/output vitalization (SR-IOV) or PCI passthough on VMware ESXi.

To enable SR-IOV or PCI passthrough on ESXi, complete the following steps.

  1. Navigate to the ESXi host's Manage , then select the Hardware tab.
  2. Locate and select your PIC device/NIC.
  3. Use either the Toggle passthrough or the Configure SR-IOV selection to activate the mode.

  4. Reboot the ESXi host for the configuration to take effect.
  5. After reboot, the NIC reflects the changes. For SR-IOV, new virtual function devices (VF) is created.
  6. Edit the VM and select Add other device, then select PIC Device to create the New PIC Device for the VM.
  7. Select the New PIC Device to use the SR-IOV VF or PIC Passthrough device.