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 Intel VT-x & VT-d 
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Post Intel VT-x & VT-d
Hi everybody
I'd like to know if the Intel Virtualization Technology VT-d and VT-x is fully supported by the chipset and Bios of the Intense PC (version with the Core i7). As far as I know, the Core i7 - CPU supports both of them (see: http://ark.intel.com/products/65713/Int ... o-2_80-GHz) ).
Since I'm planning to use the device passthroug features of Xen on an Intense PC, the support of VT-x and VT-d is required.

Thx in advance.


Thu Aug 09, 2012 10:41 pm
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Post Re: Intel VT-x & VT-d
I can confirm at least that an Intense PC Pro i7 (QM77 chipset apparently) works fine with VMware 5.0 ESXi (Update 1). Not sure if its using the VT-x/d or whatever but it installs and runs fine.


Fri Aug 10, 2012 6:41 am
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Post Re: Intel VT-x & VT-d
hi kenw232
Thanks for your reply. Can you please check it via the "advanced configuration" in the vSphere client for the Intense PC? There's a howto in this youtube video: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=CzcWd9ve ... page#t=31s . Maybe you need to activate the Intel VT-d functionality in the Bios settings.
It would be great to see which devices support the passthrough-functionality.


Sun Aug 12, 2012 12:23 pm
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Post Re: Intel VT-x & VT-d
Apparently you need to do more stuff first as mentioned here:
http://www.vcritical.com/2011/07/vmware ... ze-itself/

This URL shows the i7-3517UE used in the IntencePC Pro supports everything...
http://ark.intel.com/search/advanced?VTD=true


Mon Aug 13, 2012 2:36 am
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Post Re: Intel VT-x & VT-d
Hello Kenw232,

Sorry for the Out of Topic question but could you please tell us if your intense PC i7 runs very hot / medium hot or rather cool ?

Thanks !
Pierre


Mon Aug 13, 2012 8:55 am
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Post Re: Intel VT-x & VT-d
Thanks, kenw232 for the links. At least from a HW perspective everything is avalailable on the Intense PC with th Core i7. The other stuff is SW-hacking. I would rather use KVM for the virtualization which also supports PCI/VGA/USB-passthrough.


Mon Aug 13, 2012 6:55 pm
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Post Re: Intel VT-x & VT-d
It runs pretty hot. I read most do, its suppose to be normal. Hot enough that I can't hold my hand on top of it.


Mon Aug 13, 2012 9:09 pm
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