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Compatibility issues using VMWare on AMD based processors

Hello Experts

I have heard that VMWare does not work properly on AMD based processors than on Intel based processors. Can anyone validate this rummer? Does anyone has AMD processor PC and running VMWare experienced any problems?
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marmoor99
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McClaneCommented:
I never heard of this before. It is known that there was a bug with the latest generation of cpu's. But it was for both companies and is solved with the latest patches.
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CallandorCommented:
If that were true, AMD would not be in the server business.  AMD calls their virtualization support AMD-V, while Intel calls theirs VT-x: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/X86_virtualization#AMD_virtualization_.28AMD-V.29  Not all processors from both companies have this support.

You can read about VMWare usage from the community: http://communities.vmware.com/thread/150036;jsessionid=FB8305577EBC84ED54F51F2B5F00EA7B
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
VMWare works well on Intel and AMD processors.  In fact some customers prefer AMD processors with AMD-V since it does not require and modifications on the BIOS to turn on as required by Intel VT technology.
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coolsport00Commented:
Agree as above. Here is VMware's CPU compatibility matrix which covers both Intel AND AMD:
http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php.  

Regards,
~coolsport00
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nappy_dCommented:
I currently use an AMDx2 processor in my lab and it runs great.
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za_mkhCommented:
AMD is not incompatible. It works. Though currently, from an operational point of view though it makes sense to stick to a specific CPU vendor.
It makes building and configuring ESX clusters (with DRS/HA/vMotion) much easier. If you do decide to have servers with a mix of both Intel and AMD chips, you would need to build two seperate ESX clusters for each CPU vendor  as vMotion/DRS/HA/FT does not work across them.
What I mean is if you have a guest running on an ESX server with AMD processors, you will not be able to vMotion it off to a server running Intel chips - while the VM is running and vice versa. The only way to do that would be to power off the VM and then vMotion it. So that could be the incompatibilty you talking about ... but thats just an operational thing at the moment. Both Intel, AMD and VMware are working to see if they can get rid of this issue.
 
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