System Requirements for creating a test environment using Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2

There are a few areas which catch the us off guard when we plan to create a test environment. If you are going to repurpose hardware make sure you review this Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2008 R2 information to make sure you have the required hardware and software.

Microsoft Official System Requirements

Supported Operating Systems: A list of supported guest operating systems can be found here.

Processor: x64 compatible processor with Intel VT or AMD-V technology enabled.
Hardware Data Execution Prevention (DEP), specifically Intel XD bit (execute disable bit) or AMD NX bit (no execute bit), must be available and enabled.

Minimum CPU speed: 1.4 GHz; Recommended: 2 GHz or faster.

RAM: Minimum: 1 GB RAM; Recommended: 2 GB RAM or greater (additional RAM is required for each running guest operating system); Maximum 1 TB.

Available disk space: Minimum: 8 GB; Recommended: 20 GB or greater (additional disk space needed for each guest operating system).

DVD ROM drive

Display: Super VGA (800 × 600) or higher resolution monitor.

Other: Keyboard and Microsoft Mouse or compatible pointing device.
Note: The actual system requirements will vary based on your system configuration and hosted guest operating systems.

Available Technology Minimum recommended configuration (For testing purposes only)

Processor: x64 compatible processor with Intel VT or AMD-V technology enabled.
Hardware Data Execution Prevention (DEP), specifically Intel XD bit (execute disable bit) or AMD NX bit (no execute bit), must be available and enabled.

Minimum CPU speed: Quad Core

RAM: Minimum: Minimum 16 GB, Maximum 1 TB.

Disk: At least four independant dirves or drive arrays. SATAII or SAS as available. RAID not required.

DVD ROM drive

Display: 1600×1200.

Jeff Loucks
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