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While looking for a server to run Xen I stumbled across a barebones setup which comes with an Intel Xeon L5420 on the SuperMicro X7DCA-L motherboard. Doing a bit of research I found the processor supports VT-x but I'm not sure if that guarantees Xen will work. What do I need to look for when shopping for motherboards or hardware in general?

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closed as off topic by Iain May 24 '12 at 7:48

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Do you need HVM or paravirtual to work? Paravirtual will, in any case. BTW, the hardware is relatively mature, are you planning on buying it used/surplus? – rackandboneman May 24 '12 at 7:44
Yeah, eBay. Would paravirtual work on any hardware? – rachelderp May 24 '12 at 7:48
Xen will work with VT-x – Iain May 24 '12 at 7:48
This question was closed because shopping recommendations are outside of the scope of Server Fault. Please ensure you are familiar with the FAQ. – Iain May 24 '12 at 7:48
Disagree with the close. Here, the question is about experience with specific mature hardware that the requester already made sure he can buy. The regional and time factors don't matter here. And yes, paravirtual will work on a Pentium 3 probably. Just beware of chipset/BIOS bugs they can still give you a lot of headache with any VM system. – rackandboneman May 24 '12 at 8:03