Windows Server 2008 and Hyper-V and nVIDIA

PCTC2

Diamond Member
Feb 18, 2007
3,892
33
91
I recently acquired a fully legal licensed version of Windows Server 2008 Standard edition and Windows Server 2003.

I'm installing Windows Server 2008 on my Q6600 on my 680i, and it doesn't allow me to install the x64 version NOR Hyper-V, which is the whole reason I'm using it.

Is there something I'm missing?
 

PCTC2

Diamond Member
Feb 18, 2007
3,892
33
91
I don't know. The ISO says x86_x64 so I assumed it was a universal disk.
 

VirtualLarry

No Lifer
Aug 25, 2001
56,340
10,044
126
Someone pointed me to Server 2008 Hyper-V edition, which is a free download from MS. Supposed to be 64-bit, with Hyper-V included. And Free! I don't know the URL though, you could probably search Microsoft.
 

PCTC2

Diamond Member
Feb 18, 2007
3,892
33
91
I know Hyper-V Server 2008, it's just the Hyper-V base system. Windows Server 2008 is supposed to have it as a Server Role built in, rather than installing Windows Server 2008 over Hyper-V Server 2008. For some reason, it won't install x64 nor Hyper-V as a server role.
 

Cstefan

Golden Member
Oct 6, 2005
1,510
0
71
Make sure you have Hardware VT enabled for hyper-V for sure. Also check for any bios updates for the board.

x64 isnt a role, when you install the OS it will say:

Windows server 2008 Standard edition x32 (Full Installation)

or

x64
 

rudder

Lifer
Nov 9, 2000
19,441
85
91
Originally posted by: PCTC2
I know Hyper-V Server 2008, it's just the Hyper-V base system. Windows Server 2008 is supposed to have it as a Server Role built in, rather than installing Windows Server 2008 over Hyper-V Server 2008. For some reason, it won't install x64 nor Hyper-V as a server role.

Not all copies of server 2008 have hyper-v. Download the trial x64 and it will have it. The same key should work.
 

PCTC2

Diamond Member
Feb 18, 2007
3,892
33
91
Originally posted by: rudder
Originally posted by: PCTC2
I know Hyper-V Server 2008, it's just the Hyper-V base system. Windows Server 2008 is supposed to have it as a Server Role built in, rather than installing Windows Server 2008 over Hyper-V Server 2008. For some reason, it won't install x64 nor Hyper-V as a server role.

Not all copies of server 2008 have hyper-v. Download the trial x64 and it will have it. The same key should work.

Thanks. I think I'll do that. Intel VT is enabled and my board has the latest BIOS update (PXX, whatever. I can't keep track). I guess I'll find the x64 trial with Hyper-V and start over from scratch... Darn.

My ISO said it was x64 but when I went to install it, it said only "Windows Server 2008 Standard x86" and had no option for x64.
 

stlcardinals

Senior member
Sep 15, 2005
729
0
76
Looking on MSDN and Technet, I don't see a single ISO that has x86 and x64 on it. Where did you get the ISO?
 

PCTC2

Diamond Member
Feb 18, 2007
3,892
33
91
I have no clue. I really don't remember. Haha. Well, anyways, I haven't tried my license out yet, but now I'm running x64 with Hyper-V running 4 virtual machines and I'm happy.

Does anyone know if I can use the Windows Server 2003 x64 nVIDIA driver for Windows Server 2008 x64?
 

VirtualLarry

No Lifer
Aug 25, 2001
56,340
10,044
126
Question about Hyper-V: how does it work? I mean I know technically it uses the VT extensions to implement a hypervisor, but practically speaking, does it work like VirtualPC, without the drawbacks? Can I install XP Pro SP2/SP3 as a guest OS, and play 3D hardware-accelerated games on it?
 

PCTC2

Diamond Member
Feb 18, 2007
3,892
33
91
Hyper-V is like Xen. It works by para-virtualization. It dumps most virtualization tasks to the hypervisor, however it still requires some software-based virtualization. It increases overall performance by allowing a more root-like hardware access, but I doubt you will be able to play any games over it. On my Windows 2003 Server, it says the virtualized video card has 4MB of RAM. However, the host says 14MB (no drivers YET. I have yet to try the Vista x64 drivers). Also, it allocates RAM to each OS, so if you allocate 2 GB to a guest, you better hope you have at least 4 GB.
 

PCTC2

Diamond Member
Feb 18, 2007
3,892
33
91
I think the coolest thing about Hyper-V is that it allows you to give a host OS multiple cores (1,2 or 4), BUT you can set a max to how much of each core it can use. So if you use very multi-threaded applications in a virtual environment, then you can set it to have 4 cores, but only use 50% of each core, so if you have 2.4Ghz, it would run at 1/2 the clock cycles, but with 4 parallel threads.