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  •  Hi,

    What are the hardware requirments for Windows 2008 Hyper-V.

    Why can't we install this role on a normal machine.

    Regards
    Sharath
    Friday, August 1, 2008 4:26 AM

Answers

  • If it works you are fine. If the hardware doesn't support Hyper-V, it can't be installed.
    • Marked as answer by Sharathree Friday, August 1, 2008 2:52 PM
    Friday, August 1, 2008 2:47 PM
  • If the Hyper-V role gets added, you are okay.
    • Marked as answer by Sharathree Friday, August 1, 2008 3:58 PM
    Friday, August 1, 2008 3:53 PM

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  •  From my experience it can be installed on most recent hardware. There are three things to look for though:
          

    • The processor should be a recent x86-64 one, like an AMD64 Athlon64, an AMD64 Opteron, or an Intel Core Duo processor.
    • The motherboard and BIOS should be equipped with Hardware-assisted Virtualization.
    • The motherboard and BIOS should be equipped with Hardware-enforced DEP.
            

    If you have a box you think is suitable download and run SecurAble, a tool by Gibson Research Corporation. It will not only show whether your hardware meets the requirements, but also whether Hardware Assisted Virtualization and Hardware-enforced DEP are enabled in BIOS.
              

    Sharathree said:

    Why can't we install this role on a normal machine.
           

        
    I guess it depends on your definition of 'normal'.
    A couple of us posted working workstation configurations here.

    Friday, August 1, 2008 5:34 AM
  • Thanks a lot for the reply.
    I am able to install Hyper-V and 3 Vm's within it and work. Now when i use the secureable tool it shows the hyper as No even then i am able to install and work. Where will i face issues when any of them show NO
    Friday, August 1, 2008 5:42 AM
  • I used the search feature in this forum and used hardware requirements as the search string. I found many posts including these:

    http://forums.technet.microsoft.com/en-US/winserverhyperv/thread/3c703c90-5f6b-4429-a1f6-1e950a7d789e

    http://forums.technet.microsoft.com/en-US/winserverhyperv/thread/383bbc94-3fa8-4ce5-a0c6-4210009690ce - notice the mention of AMD Virtualization™ Technology and Microsoft® Hyper-V™ System Compatibility Check Utility

    http://forums.technet.microsoft.com/en-US/winserverhyperv/thread/fc316b62-edfb-4207-8e21-672a7ee3bccf

    And of course your previous post of http://forums.technet.microsoft.com/en-US/winserverhyperv/thread/fcf8134f-0124-4166-b810-d9bad3596c90

    Intel has a processor identification utility that reveals processor capabilities. Download it from here: http://www.intel.com/support/processors/tools/piu/sb/cs-014921.htm. This post http://4sysops.com/archives/free-detect-intel-and-amd-hyper-v-compatibility/ claims that the Intel utility is not 100% reliable.

    During the RC0 phase of Hyper-V, I saw the results of the Gibson Research utility running on a machine that was running Hyper-V. According to the utility, the machine wasn't capable.

    You can run all of the utilities you want, but ultimately, your hardware supports Hyper-V or it doesn't. If you have Hyper-V virtual machines running, then your hardware supports Hyper-V regardless of what a utility tells you. If it's working, don't worry about the utilities. Ignore the no from the utility.



    Friday, August 1, 2008 12:29 PM
  • I am just worried that the total benifit of hyper-V will i miss that because my hardware does not support.
    Its working but will there be any futire problems. As i am in an testing face .When i tell my management Go live then i should not fall back because of the hardware.

    Is it for sure that if it works then there is no issues and if the hardware does not support then Hyper-V does not install at all.?
    Friday, August 1, 2008 2:38 PM
  • If it works you are fine. If the hardware doesn't support Hyper-V, it can't be installed.
    • Marked as answer by Sharathree Friday, August 1, 2008 2:52 PM
    Friday, August 1, 2008 2:47 PM
  • So if the hyper-v role is enabled that means the hardware is capable or after the role addition we need to add vm's also to check.
    Any ways thanks a lot for an excellent explnation
    This cleared a lot of my douts... :-)
    Friday, August 1, 2008 2:54 PM
  • If the Hyper-V role gets added, you are okay.
    • Marked as answer by Sharathree Friday, August 1, 2008 3:58 PM
    Friday, August 1, 2008 3:53 PM