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7. Hyper-V > Requirements

Requirements

Hyper-V is included in two of the four editions of Server 2012: Datacenter and Standard. And, as mentioned earlier, Hyper-V is also available as a free, downloadable standalone version.

A Hyper-V host (the system on which you are installing the Hyper-V role or standalone version) requires an x64, virtualization-capable processor (Intel VT or AMD-V). The processor also needs to support DEP (data execution prevention). You may need to enable DEP in the host machine’s BIOS.

Microsoft claims that the host machine requires a minimum of 2 GB of memory. Realistically, since VMs also use physical memory, the more VMs you plan to run, the more physical memory the host machine will need for optimal performance. So let’s forget about minimum memory requirements and focus on the real world.


  

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