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how do i verify if a cpu has the necessary requirements to run hyper v ?

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From the Hyper-V FAQ:

Q.  What are the system requirements for Hyper-V?

A.  In addition to the systems requirement for Windows Server 2008, 
    the two key requirements for the Hyper-V platform are the need 
    to ensure that the server is a 64-bit environment and supports 
    hardware-assisted virtualization (Intel VT or AMD-V) technology.

http://www.microsoft.com/windowsserver2008/en/us/hyperv-faq.aspx

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You can use a tool called SecurAble which will tell you if your CPU supports Virtualisation Technologies, which is what you need to run Hyper-V. It will also tell you the number of bits supported by your CPU and if it supports DEP

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+1 for SecurAble if you already have the CPU in question in a running machine. Here is the web page explaining SecurAble: grc.com/securable.htm –  Erv Walter May 31 '09 at 3:40
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Your CPU must support Virtualization extensions. An easy way to check this is to search for your CPU model number in Google and look for a NewEgg.com link (this will find old models, unlike NewEgg's search). Check the "Virtualization Technology Support" field.

Be aware that this feature is typically disabled by default in the BIOS.

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Extension names for Intel are VT-i and VT-d. For AMD it's AMD-V. –  Antoine Benkemoun May 29 '09 at 6:39
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A great site to see if your intel-cpu supports virtualisation is the Intel Processorfinder, the cheaper cpu's often doesn't support VT.

Almost all recent AMD processors support AMD-V.

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