Problem Enabling Hyper-V on Hardware running Windows 8 Enterprise

Are you planning to install Hyper-V on your Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 Enterprise desktop and use for your SharePoint virtualization technology? If you are, you may want to ensure your CPU and hardware supports some of the basic requirements for Hyper-V before it’s too late. As a SharePoint 2013 VM builder, you may be more focused on the RAM requirements but CPU requirements are equally valid if you are planning to use Hyper-V for your virtualization technology.

I have recently tried to activate Hyper-V role on my Windows 8 Enterprise desktop and ran into issue of Hyper-V manager couldn’t connect to local host. As I tried to force local connection, I was welcomed by very criptive message – An error occurred while attempting to connect to server. Check that the virtual machine management service is running and that you are authorized to connect to the server – Hyper-V has not been installed on computer.

Hyper-V Manager Blank

This has definitely pointed me in the right direction. As I looked further in the Windows Feature On or Off program, “Hyper-V Platform” was grayed out. It means, Hyper-V wasn’t installed on my host machine. This is such a weird situation.

Hyper-V Grayed Out

Being new to Hyper-V installation process, quick “Google” brought me to multiple places and all of them pointed to check my computer System Info to see if Hyper-V can be supported by my hardware and CPU. According to reference article, Hyper-V requires SLAT (Second Level Address Translation) feature of CPU. Every Intel Core i3, i5 and i7 CPU supports SLAT but my current laptop’s Core 2 Duo CPU doesn’t support it. That tells me why I couldn’t install Hyper-V role on my laptop hardware.

To verify if you can install Hyper-V on the desktop, all the four options in Hyper-V requirements in the System Info should be Yes.

Hyper-V systeminfo commandSystem Info

Hyper-V Requirements-systeminfo

Here are the basic hardware requirements to run Hyper-V role on the Windows 8 Host servers.

  • Windows 8 Pro or Windows 8 Enterprise, 64 bit version
  • CPU should support Second Level Address Translation (SLAT)
  • At minimum 4G RAM
  • Update BIOS and enable virtualization.

Having said that, please beware before buying new laptop or aftermarket laptop and check basic hardware requirements for Hyper-V to run Hyper-V virtualization feature on windows 8 desktops or laptops.

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One Response to Problem Enabling Hyper-V on Hardware running Windows 8 Enterprise

  1. Best part is that you can use your CPU for hyper-v in windows server (2k8 and 2k12). I have similar case but on my spare desktop and I know it can be quite painful to have windows server on laptop, mainly because of drivers (or lack of them).

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