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RE: [Xen-users] What CPU with VT or PACIFICA for Xen?

To: "Jordi Segues" <jordisd.mailing@xxxxxxxxx>, xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
Subject: RE: [Xen-users] What CPU with VT or PACIFICA for Xen?
From: "Petersson, Mats" <Mats.Petersson@xxxxxxx>
Date: Thu, 15 Feb 2007 10:52:06 +0100
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> -----Original Message-----
> From: xen-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx 
> [mailto:xen-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of 
> Jordi Segues
> Sent: 15 February 2007 00:02
> To: xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx
> Subject: [Xen-users] What CPU with VT or PACIFICA for Xen?
> Hello,
> I'm planning to buy a server in order to run Xen and provide 
> VPS to clients.
> So I've been looking for hardware, and specially processors.
> I've found some Xeon processors that would be fine, but while
> searching for them in this mailing list, it seems that not all of them
> (with VT) are well recognized.
> (example: Dual Core Xeon 5130 ->
> http://lists.xensource.com/archives/html/xen-users/2006-11/msg
> So before buying expensive hardware, could, those of you who are
> running Xen on big and virtualized technology enabled processors, tell
> me exactly what models work fine?
> I know there's a compatibility list, but the newest processors don't
> figure out so if you could share your experience with me I'd
> appreciate it :)

The "pacifica" which is now caled AMD-V is fairly easy to determine - if it 
uses Socket F, Socket AM2 then it's AMD-V compatible, unless it's a Sempron 
processor. Another key would be to look at the memory type, as all DDR2 
processors (excluding Sempron's again) are AMD-V capable. 

I'm not sure it's really my job to do this, but Intels products are specified 
on http://processorfinder.intel.com - once there, you select your processor 
group through the selection box, then pick a processor model and you'll find a 
list of "supported features" which will list the "Virtualization technology" if 
the processor supports it, and not if the processor doesn't. Of course, you'll 
also have to make sure the motherboard in question is supporting VT 
enable/disable, or you may end up finding that VT is automatically disabled... 

> Thank you very much!
> Jordi Segués
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