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Are NI Products Supported on Virtual Machines (VMs)?

Primary Software: Other NI Software>>NI Volume License Manager
Primary Software Version: 1.0
Primary Software Fixed Version: N/A
Secondary Software: N/A

Is it possible to use National Instruments products on a virtual machine? Is this functionality supported?

A virtual machine (VM) is an isolated guest operating system (OS) running within a host OS. VMs virtualize the hardware platform, allowing the guest OS to run using a non-native instruction set, in isolation from the host OS. As such, NI software should generally run as expected on VMs (though not officially supported in most cases, see note below).

NI Hardware with Virtual Machines
NI hardware is not supported on VMs due to communication challenges and the possibility of incorrect data.Virtual machines generally cannot access the PCI bus. As such, PCI- and PCIe-based instruments are inherently incompatible with VMs, as are MXI connected PXI and PXIe chassis. Modern VMs often allow access to USB ports (known as USB pass-through). Given the hosted nature of the VM, the variable speed of data transfer associated with USB pass-through may cause errors when communicating with DAQ devices. Ethernet pass-through is fairly ubiquitous on VMs, and should allow for communication with remote devices.

Note: NI does support virtualization in some cases, such as when using NI Real-Time Hypervisor.

NI Volume License Manager (VLM) with Virtual Machines
In general, NI VLM is supported in virtualized environments as long as the virtual machine is running an operating system that is supported by NI VLM. For more information and considerations when running NI VLM on a VM, see KnowledgeBase 4UFECNSL: Volume License Manager on a Virtual Machine.

Related Links:
KnowledgeBase 4UFECNSL: Volume License Manager on a Virtual Machine
KnowledgeBase 4B9M1BM6: What is NI Licensing Policy on Virtual Machines?
KnowledgeBase 4X6F33D0: What Hardware and Software is Supported for Use with NI Real-Time Hypervisor Systems?


Report Date: 02/08/2011
Last Updated: 10/05/2017
Document ID: 5I74N71N

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