Hyper-V requires specific hardware. You can identify systems that support the x64 architecture and Hyper-V by searching the Windows Server catalog for Hyper-V as an additional qualification. The Windows Server catalog is available at the Microsoft Web site (http://go.microsoft.com/fwlink/?LinkId=111228).
To install and use the Hyper-V role, you need the following:
- An x64-based processor. Hyper-V is available
in x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008—specifically, the
x64-based versions of Windows Server 2008 Standard, Windows
Server 2008 Enterprise, and Windows Server 2008
- Hardware-assisted virtualization. This is
available in processors that include a virtualization
option—specifically, Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) or
AMD Virtualization (AMD-V).
- Hardware-enforced Data Execution Prevention
(DEP) must be available and be enabled. Specifically, you must
enable the Intel XD bit (execute disable bit) or AMD NX bit (no
- The settings for hardware-assisted
virtualization and hardware-enforced DEP are available in the BIOS.
However, the names of the settings may differ from the names
identified above. For more information about whether a specific
processor model supports Hyper-V, check with the manufacturer of
- If you modify the settings for
hardware-assisted virtualization or hardware-enforced DEP, you may
need to turn off the power to the computer and then turn it back
on. Restarting the computer may not apply the changes to the