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Microsoft Hyper-V Cluster Design by Eric Siron

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Host computer components

The next concern is designing and sizing the host computers that will run Hyper-V Server. You now have some idea of the load your virtual machines will need, so you need to understand what the requirements are to fit those needs.

Hyper-V Server requirements

The hypervisor itself doesn't require much in terms of hardware. It shares an official requirements list with the full Windows Server 2012 product, which is as follows:

  • 64-bit CPU (x64, not Intel Itanium) running at a minimum of 1.4 GHz
  • 512 megabytes of main system RAM
  • 32 gigabytes of available hard drive space

Hyper-V's requirements extend beyond these to the following:

  • The CPU's options for hardware-assisted virtualization support must be enabled in the BIOS
  • CPU support for ...

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