Running Windows Server 2008 hyper-v on intel desktop motherboard.

Posted on 2012-09-19
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Last Modified: 2012-10-05
I have a computer with windows server 2003 installed on Intel DG33TL motherboard. This is a testing server. I wanted to see if I can upgrade this to windows server 2008 with hyper-v set up.

I ran Intel processor detection tool, it says my CPU supports virtualization. I ran virtualization detection tool from MS, it says my computer doesn't support hardware assisted virtualization.

I went to BIOS, don't see hardware virtualization menu. Does this mean, with this motherboard, I can't run hyper-v? If it is, I need to purchase new hardware combo (motherboard+CPU) which supports hyper-v. How can I make sure the new combo will work with hyper-v?

Intel Quad core processor Q6600
Intel DG33TL motherboard.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 800 total points
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Processor, CPU and BIOS must support Intel VT

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I looked BIOS again, it says "Intel Virtualization Technology" <Enabled>. So, my combo CPU+Motherboard is supposed to support hyper-v. What am I missing?
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download and run SecureAble


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.

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this article and URL states it works:-


but there are many revisions of the Q6600 and that motherboard. There are few hits in Google.

Have you updated the BIOS?

Is the current OS 32bit or 64 bit?
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did you run SecureAble?

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Yes, I ran it.

Hardware Virtualization: YES

it's just weird, the MS hyper-v detection tool says it doesn't work. I'm going to install Windows server 2008 with hyper-v with a new disk to see if it works. I'll leave this thread open until I test. probably in a week as soon as I receive some parts to add.

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By the way, thanks, hanccocka, very prompt answer.
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I would use results from SecureAble!

We have Intel Desktop motherboards, and processors of that age running with no issues
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by:Lee W, MVP
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What version of Hyper-V and tool?

I'm not clear on the tool you used, but it's possible that if you ran a tool specific to 2012 hyper-v, your system may not support SLAT - Second Level Address Translation.  Client Hyper-V in 2012 cannot be installed on systems without it (this is a new processor feature of intel i-series, AMD FX (and some Athlons), and most if not all newer server class CPUs.  I DO NOT KNOW FOR CERTAIN if the server version has the same limitation (according to one MS article I read it didn't indicate a SLAT requirement but it would be very odd if the client required it and the server did not.  2008 R2 should work though.  As should 2008.

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by:Vinod Pawar
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Have you check with installing Win2008 R2 with adding hyperV role. if it is VT enabled it should support it.
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Windows Server 2012, Hyper-V does not require SLAT. (only Client Hyper-V requries SLAT)
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by:Lee W, MVP
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Can you direct me to some MS documents stating this?  If not, let me know how you know this?  I have NOT tested it, but especially if there's an MS reference you got it from, I'd like to be able to refer to it myself.


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