esxi 4.1 & Windows 2003 SBS, AMD Anthlon 640 Processor

Is the AMD Anthlon II X4 640 Processor considered 4 processors when defining the number of processors on a virtual machine?
MikeBroderickAsked:
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coolsport00Connect With a Mentor Commented:
If it's a quad-core (which I believe it is), then yes, you can define a maximum of 4 vCPUs per VM.

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tearmanCommented:
Yes, its considered 4 logical processors (4 cores).  Just remember that you can't really REMOVE processors whenever you set a VM up, but you can always add.  Its always better to start low and add as-needed.
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coolsport00Connect With a Mentor Commented:
BTW...assigning vCPUs for a VM is based upon cores. So, if have a single socket, single-core CPU, you can only assign 1 vCPU. If you have dual-socket, single-core, you can assign 2 vCPUs, etc. Now, if you have hyperthreading capability in your BIOS, that doubles the amt of vCPUs you can assign.

Hope that helps.

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coolsport00Commented:
"tearman", can you explain what you mean by 'can't remove processors'? You can increase or decrease vCPUs in a VM via vSphere Client whenever needed.

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tearmanCommented:
I might stand corrected there, in ESX4.0 this wasn't an option, once you had them in, then they were there forever.

However, its still worth considering that if you're loading down your SBS server enough to need 4 cores, then it might be time to start branching out servers.
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coolsport00Commented:
?? I have 4.0 and it's an option for me. Now, to modify vCPUs for a VM, you have to power it down, but you can change it. And, if your drop-down for vCPUs only shows 1, then that means you only have 1 socket/core, so you can't add more.

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MikeBroderickAuthor Commented:
I set it to 4 processors. SBS detected new hw and I booted again. When I open task manager, I only see 2 graphs on the performance tab. Is there something I need to do to get all 4?
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coolsport00Commented:
No, it should show as all 4; what does Device Mgr show?
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MikeBroderickAuthor Commented:
Under Computer it shows ACPI Multiprocessor PC.

Under system devices there are 2 Intel 82443bx Pentium 2 Processor to AGP controller entries
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MikeBroderickAuthor Commented:
Sorry, 1 Pentium to AGP controller. The othrer is Pentium to PCI bridge.
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coolsport00Connect With a Mentor Commented:
Hmm...It may be that the Anthlon is not supported? On VMware's HCL, I don't see that 'series':
http://www.vmware.com/resources/compatibility/search.php, only the Opterons.

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MikeBroderickAuthor Commented:
It seems to be running OK. I assume I dont get the full support of 4 processors until ESXi supports my CPU.
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coolsport00Commented:
That would more than likely be the case
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