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 Legacy BIOS and AMD-Vi? 
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Post Legacy BIOS and AMD-Vi?
Hello!

I'm very interested in the fitlet-X-LAN Barebone model, and I've got a couple of questions I hope someone can answer.

Does the firmware support booting in legacy BIOS mode, or just UEFI?

Does the CPU/chipset/firmware support AMD-Vi (also known as IOMMU or Intel VT-d)?

I'd like to turn this machine into a tiny host for some low-powered virtual machines. Thanks in advance!


Tue Mar 31, 2015 5:26 am
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Post Re: Legacy BIOS and AMD-Vi?
1. Both UEFI and Legacy boot modes are supported.
2. IOMMU is supported, but not tested yet.


Wed Apr 01, 2015 8:41 am

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Post Re: Legacy BIOS and AMD-Vi?
Thank you! I look forward to trying it out once the machines are back in stock.


Thu Apr 02, 2015 4:21 pm
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Post Re: Legacy BIOS and AMD-Vi?
Hi Paul616,

did you have the time to test virtualization with the fitlet-X-LAN Barebone model? Any test results you could share?


Sun Sep 27, 2015 11:04 am
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Post Re: Legacy BIOS and AMD-Vi?
Hi Paul616 and mbirger,

do you have any news about any tests made with IOMMU?


Fri Oct 02, 2015 6:27 am
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Post Re: Legacy BIOS and AMD-Vi?
IOMMU wasn't tested. Anyway, before using IOMMU has to be enabled in BIOS: Advanced -> CPU settings -> IOMMU Mode


Thu Oct 15, 2015 7:33 am

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Post Re: Legacy BIOS and AMD-Vi?
Hi

New user of a xa10-lan, PCI passthrough working very well with xenserver.
So it's mean that iommu working. But for the moment i don't have the time to test performance.


Sat Oct 17, 2015 10:21 pm
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Post Re: Legacy BIOS and AMD-Vi?
I do have news, and it is good, if late! PCI passthrough works perfectly under ESXi 6.0. All four Ethernet ports on my Fitlet-X are available for passthrough.

The UEFI has a "legacy" mode which allows non-UEFI-aware OSes to be installed. ESXi did require modification before the NICs were detected--otherwise installation halts. Check out http://www.v-front.de for instructions on how to do that, if anyone is interested. That guy is awesome.

On a side note, the Fitlet gets so hot, even at idle, that touching it is painful, so I bought the bigger heatsink for it. Much more reassuring!


Sat Nov 21, 2015 4:14 am
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