building up pc for windows server 2008 hyper-v

Posted on 2012-09-19
Last Modified: 2012-09-19
I'm trying to build a cheap testing windows server which can test out hyper-v.

I like CPU core i3 or more, intel motherboard which supports hardware assisted virtualization so that I can make sure  Win2k8 hyper-v works as a host.

I know Intel doesn't provide drivers for Windows server on desktop level motherboard, but I had a few times successfully installing with some tricks.

Does anyone know any good combo(cpu+motherboard) which will give successful installation of Windows Server 2008 with hyper-v?
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    Any modern motherboard, which supports Intel-VT, CPU, BIOS and Motherboard, supports Windows Server 2008 R2 64-bit, should support 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.

    See here
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    Yes, that's what I'm looking for, cheap combo of CPU+motherboard, probably desktop pc level which supports windows server 2008 hyper-v.

    I have Intel Core 2 Quad Q6600+Intel DG33TL, it doesn't seem to support hyper-V.
    Q6600 supports Intel-VT
    DG33TL doesn't seem to support hardware assisted virtualization even though it has BIOS option for it.
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    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?
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    In the past 9 months, I've built 3 systems using AMD FX8120 (well, one is an 8150) and Gigabyte 970 chipset based motherboards.  Cost for the combo is about $250 (maybe as low as $200, ordered/purchased at Micro Center.  The boards support 32 GB of RAM (all 3 systems have been maxed out for under $200 in RAM, bringing the CPU/Motherboard/RAM price to about $400-450).  You just need to make sure you have/get a power supply with an appropriate 8 pin CPU connector (I recommend something in the 600 Watt or more range, new, probably another $50-75).

    All three systems run Hyper-V - I bought these configs specifically to do so.  One is currently my Win8 desktop running an XP VM in hyper-V (I'm typing this on the system) and the other two, one is running 2008 R2 with Hyper-V and several VMs and the other is running 2012 with Hyper-V and I intend to migrate the 2008 R2 VMs to it (then convert the old system to a 2012 system and play with Hyper-V Replica).

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