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Virtual Machine Video Memory allocation

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Hi Experts

Recently we have purchased I7 Processor (4790) with ASUS z97-Pro board with 32 GB of physical memory

The CPU ships with built-in Intel HD 4600 GPU which can be set to 512 MB dedicated memory and overall 1.8 GB of shared memory
In Reality Intel 4600 HD graphics do not have any dedicated memory and even initial 512 MB also it has taken from system RAM but showing as dedicated memory
I am going to install Hyper-V of Win 8.1 / 2012 R2 OR VMware Workstation on this machine
We are planning to use this machine as standard lab machine without any fancy requirements like Remote FX etc.

The machine will be used to run plain guest VMs such as windows servers (2003 / 2008 /2012) and clients (win 7 and 8) for lab purpose

Question:
Do I need Dedicated graphic card to operate this lab machine in virtualized environment?
If I added dedicated graphic card, does VM video memory will be assigned by that graphics card?
How Video Memory (vRAM) is assigned to standard virtual machines? from Intel HD Graphics or from standard system memory?
Any implications if I run this lab machine with Intel HD graphics that shipped with processor?

Thanks
Mahesh
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