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Jun232008

Will My Computer Run Hyper-V? Detecting Intel VT and AMD-V

&ldquo;Will my <Random Computer Manufacture> <Random Computer Model> run Hyper-V?”  Hyper-V requires processor virtualization extensions (Intel-VT and AMD-V) and requires those features to be enabled along with the No-Execute (NX) feature.  For AMD we also require that the CPU be revision F3 or grater or F2 with additional BIOS support – most of the server OEM’s have the additional BIOS support but not all.  Ok so the question still remains will my computer run Hyper-V?  There are a few tools that will help you.

For AMD you can download there AMD Virtualization™ Technology and Microsoft® Hyper-V™ System Compatibility Check Utility when you run this it will tell you if your machine supports Hyper-V…  If you are buying a new machine a good rule of thumb is that if it’s a Quad core the CPU supports AMD-V, you still need to verify the BIOS will allow you to enable it but a quick call to the vendor should tell you that.

For Intel you download there Intel® Processor Identification Utility  There are two things that you should check on the CPU Technologies tab look for “Intel® Virtualization Technology” and on the CPUID tab look for “Execute Disable Bit”, however I am not aware of any Virtualization enabled chips that don’t have execute disable… If you are buying a new machine a good rule of thumb is that if it’s a Intel Core2 or better the CPU supports Intel VT, you still need to verify the BIOS will allow you to enable it but a quick call to the vendor should tell you that.

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