VMware ESXi Hang on dma_mapper_iommu

ESXi (in this case version 6.7.0) can appear to hang / freeze during the boot up sequence at the following step:
dma_mapper_iommu loaded successfully
However the system is otherwise fully responsive (e.g., via vSphere). The root cause was that the video card used for displaying the local console had been enabled for passthrough.

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