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XEN / Win XP / VT status?
  • From: "Greg Freemyer" <greg.freemyer@xxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Thu, 20 Apr 2006 10:12:24 -0400
  • Message-id: <87f94c370604200712v2f6163dfj8dfcc8ac8d68abfc@xxxxxxxxxxxxxx>

I'm very intriqued with the new Xen / Win XP guest OS functionality
that should be available soon, or maybe already is.

Does anyone know a url / wiki / blog that has uptodate info?

What I know:

To get Xen to work with a vanilla Win XP as guest OS you need support
in your host OS, Xen, your CPU, and your motherboard/bios.

Xen 3.0 is supposed to have the basics for the support, but I'm not
positive it has actually been tested with all of the above.


Intel has released at least one CPU that supports the VT. ie. the new
features required to support the above.


My concern is this footnote:

Φ Intel(r) Virtualization Technology and Intel(r) Extended Memory 64
Technology (Intel(r) EM64T) require a computer system with a
processor, chipset, BIOS, enabling software and/or operating system,
device drivers and applications designed for these features.
Performance will vary depending on your configuration. Contact your
vendor for more information.

So, as expected, a MB (or computer) with VT support is also required.

Greg Freemyer
The Norcross Group
Forensics for the 21st Century
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