Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud
User Guide for Linux Instances

Activate NVIDIA GRID Capabilities (G3 Instances Only)

To activate the GRID capabilities on G3 instances, such as NVIDIA GRID Virtual Workstation or NVIDIA GRID Virtual Applications, you must define the product type for the driver in the /etc/nvidia/gridd.conf file. For more information, see the GRID Licensing User Guide.

To activate GRID features on G3 Linux instances

  1. Create the /etc/nvidia/gridd.conf file from the provided template file.

    sudo cp /etc/nvidia/gridd.conf.template /etc/nvidia/gridd.conf
  2. Open the /etc/nvidia/gridd.conf file in your favorite text editor.

    • For NVIDIA GRID Virtual Workstation, find the FeatureType line, and set it equal to 2.

    • For NVIDIA GRID Virtual Applications, find the FeatureType line, and set it equal to 0. Then add a line with IgnoreSP=TRUE.

      FeatureType=0 IgnoreSP=TRUE
  3. Save the file and exit.

  4. Reboot the instance to pick up the new configuration.

    sudo reboot


    There is a bug in the current version of the nvidia-gridd daemon that throws NVIDIA GRID Virtual Workstation license errors. You can ignore these errors.

    nvidia-gridd: Failed to acquire NVIDIA GRID Virtual Workstation license.

    You can validate that the NVIDIA GRID Virtual Workstation functionality is enabled by verifying that 4K-resolution options are available.