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vmmax2479
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Virtualization Technology

Does anyone have IBM xSeries 366 working with x64 VMs? I am unable to find Virtualization Technology feature anywhere in BIOS.

When I buld th new VM x64 Windows 2008 it gives an error message that 64 bit is not supported.

No luck with IBM support.

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kjb007
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Check your BIOS version. You may need an updated flash image to give you ability to update VT settings in processors that support it.

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khughes
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Which processors are in your 366? We have some x346's with xeons in them and they aren't supported for 64bit either. Upgrading the BIOS might help but my guess is the hardware isn't comparable with running 64bit VM's

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vmmax2479
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is there 64bit ESX host available?

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kjb007
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Not yet. . .

Khughes brought up a good point, check your processors and make sure processors are 64-bit/vt capable, as well as verify your BIOS is up to date.

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khughes
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like kjb said, there is no 64bit ESX yet, I'm sure it'll come out down the road, but until then in order to run 64bit VM's you need the right type of processors that can handle 64bit instruction sets. The new dual-core/quad-cores almost all have that capability. Most of the older Xeons like the ones in our x346's and my assumption in your x366's do not have the capability to process those 64bit sets.

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TomHowarth
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I am pretty certain that the x336 does not support VT extensions,

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vmmax2479
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above is the link to the processor. accordiongly to this it does supports 64 bit. but I am assuming on HOST not Guest.

I have checked and updated the BIOS to the latest. Support confirmed that there is no VT option in BIOS.

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vmmax2479
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broken link in my above post

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khughes
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For future reference you could always go back and edit the last post you did, just a fyi. I think the VT is your biggest problem with the hardware unfortunately.

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kjb007
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For 64-bit guests, you will need both EM64T extensions as well as VT. Without either is a no go.

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vmmax2479
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I guess I am SOL. Thank you for verification. question has been answered

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kjb007
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