KVM Hypervisor

Alex Katebi alex.katebi at gmail.com
Tue Jul 22 12:36:34 UTC 2008

Thanks for the DELL BIOS POST information!

On Mon, Jul 21, 2008 at 1:38 PM, Phil Meyer <pmeyer at themeyerfarm.com> wrote:

> Chris Snook wrote:
>> Christopher A. Williams wrote:
>>> On Sun, 2008-07-20 at 08:15 -0400, Alex Katebi wrote:
>>>> Hi All,
>>>>  I can not find laptop or desktop hardware that supports KVM
>>>> Virtualization (Intel-VT or AMD-V).
>>>> I like Dell laptops but there is no information regarding hardware
>>>> assisted virtualization (Hypervisor).
>>>> Can I get some recommendation?
>>> Actually this isn't as hard as it sounds if you're looking to buy a
>>> *new* laptop. Pretty much anything out there today supports Intel VT /
>>> AMD-V now. The main thing you'll need to make sure of is that you have
>>> enabled this in the BIOS. There are quite a few systems that still ship
>>> with this feature disabled for some reason.
>> Actually, Intel only enables it on the high-end Core2 chips, so you need
>> to get a chip that's at least somewhat high-end, or at least that was
>> high-end when first introduced on the market.  Dell clearly identifies these
>> with 'VT' in the processor description.  You do *not* need V-pro support.
>>  That's just for a BIOS-based hypervisor that Intel offers for management,
>> mostly for corporate desktops.
> No only that, but Dell goes to great pains to HIDE the virtualization
> enabler switch in the BIOS.  It can be under POST or CPU.  And it is always
> OFF by default.
> Good Luck!
> PS  A a new Dell laptop is on order, and I won't know for sure if it
> supports KVM until its on and working.  And it needs to.  There are 4 VMs
> that are needed to run from time to time.
> There have been several systems received where virtualization should have
> been available, but the BIOS simply didn't show it, although the CPU has the
> exact same part number as other that do work.  BIOS versions were also
> identical.
> YMMV, but Dell platinum support is ignorant of intel VT, or AMD VM
> supported virtualization, its uses, how to enable it, or any other thing
> about it.
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