Basic high level question re updating drivers in IaaS VM

mij2020 366 Reputation points

Microsoft support asked me to update my NIC driver to resolve an issue we have been having.
I'm running a Windows IaaS VM in Azure.
I was under the impression that manually updating drivers via device manager would not be necessary due to virtualisation layer.
Am I mistaken? Are driver updates still required when running IaaS VM's?

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  1. Leon Laude 85,716 Reputation points


    I don't see why the virtual machine drivers would need to be updated, it is the underlying hardware that requires updating drivers & firmware.
    Unless you are running GPU driven VMs, then those will require driver updates for the GPUs.

    Best regards,

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  1. mij2020 366 Reputation points

    Yes - this is also what I thought.
    To elaborate slightly - this is the nic for accelerated networking. The Mellanox ConnectX-3 Virtual Function Ethernet Adapter.
    I have been asked to update the driver for this. I should not attempt?

  2. Malleswara Reddy, G 1,631 Reputation points


    As Leon mentioned, you can only attempt to Nvidia GPU drivers to leverage GPU capabilities

    Along with that, you will be able to update accelerated networking

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