Enabling 3D support on Ubuntu 11.04 guest in ESXi 5

lose_the_grimm asked:

I’m having a heck of a time finding any support for this. I’d like to enable 3D support for a natty instance. The option is grayed out. Is there some magic voodoo that I have to perform to enable this option?

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My answer:


Sorry, 3D acceleration for Linux guests is not available with this version of VMware. It was only just added with the recent release of Workstation 9. I haven’t yet been able to confirm that it’s available in vSphere Hypervisor 5.1 (formerly known as ESXi) though I suspect it would be.


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