Review Prerequisites for Installation


Applies To: Hyper-V Server 2012, Hyper-V Server 2012 R2


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Hyper-V virtualization technology requires specific hardware. You can identify systems that support x64-based architecture and Hyper-V by searching the Windows Server Catalog for Hyper-V: Windows Server catalog.

Hyper-V Server has hardware requirements that are similar to those for the Hyper-V role in other editions of Windows Server.


  • Minimum: A 1.4 GHz 64-bit processor with hardware-assisted virtualization. This is available in processors that include a virtualization option—specifically, processors with Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) or AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) technology.

  • Hardware-enforced Data Execution Prevention (DEP) must be available and enabled. Specifically, you must enable the Intel XD (“execute disable”) bit or the AMD NX (“no execute”) bit.


Minimum: 512 MB

Network adapters

At least one network adapter is required, but two or more are recommended.

Additional considerations

  • The settings for hardware-assisted virtualization and hardware-enforced DEP are available in the BIOS, however, the names of the settings may differ from the names identified previously.

    For more information about whether a specific processor model supports Hyper-V, check with the manufacturer of the computer.

  • If you modify the settings for hardware-assisted virtualization or hardware-enforced DEP, you may need to turn off the power to the computer and then turn it back on. Restarting the computer may not apply the changes to the settings.

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