Dell Optiplex 3020 Mini Tower - Does it support hardware virtualization?

Recently I purchased a Dell Optiplex 3020 Mini-Tower. Details are below. I'm planing on installing Windows Server 2012 with a couple Hyper-V virtual machines on the box and make it my inexpensive home server with couple of VMs for development purposes. My hardware guy warned me "Make sure it supports hardware virtualization, otherwise the Hyper-V VM's will be slow." He recommend that I fire up the machine and poke around the BIOS. Is this the best way to make the determination?

OptiPlex 3020 Minitower BTX Base
(1x4GB) 1600MHz DDR3 Non-ECC
US English (QWERTY) Dell KB212-B QuietKey USB Keyboard Black
Display Not Included
Intel Integrated Graphics, Dell OptiPlex
No Wireless LAN Card
500GB 3.5inch Serial ATA (7,200 Rpm) Hard Drive
No Media Card Reader
No Additional Network Card Selected (Integrated NIC included)
16X Half Height DVD+/-RW Drive
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you have an OS, on the server, you can run


or SecureAble

Also when you Add the Hyper-V Role, it will usually tell you, if Intel VT is not enabled in the BIOS.

What is the Processor ?

If it's a Core i5, it should have Intel VT, you have just got to enable it in the BIOS, if it's disabled.
David Johnson, CD, MVPOwnerCommented:
you forgot to mention your CPU and this is the most important item! These are low end cpu's but the maximum ram capability is way too low, suggest 8G minimum 16G+ preferred
G3240 supports Virtualization
Intel® Celeron® Processor G1840 supports Virtualization

The problem is memory support   no where near enough ram capability
Up to 4GB8 DDR3 SDRAM at 1600Mhz - 1 DIMMS

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dbruntonQuid, Me Anxius Sum?  Illegitimi non carborundum.Commented:
>>  He recommend that I fire up the machine and poke around the BIOS.  Is this the best way to make the determination?

That's one method.

This document indicates that there should be an option in the BIOS to enable it.  But it also depends on what processor is in the machine.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
your processor definitely has it as the celeron and i3/i5 offered for that model support VT
as mentioned, check the bios as it might not be enabled by default

also, that system supports 16gb so i would recommend getting 2 8gb modules to support a server OS with virtualization
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process AdvisorCommented:
Important note - Hardware Virtualization is REQUIRED for Hyper-V.  It's not optional.  If it didn't have it, Hyper-V wouldn't start (that includes if it's off in BIOS).
jdanaAuthor Commented:
All terrific suggestions. Hyper-V works!
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