For those of you buying the latest generation Intel or AMD chipset, you'll notice they now include virtual technologies. AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) and Intel Virtualization Technology (IVT) technologies are both supported in Windows Virtual Server R2 SP1 Beta 2 for both x86 and x64 Windows host operating systems.
Virtual Server Beta 2 allows you to turn on IVT or AMD-V on a per VM basis. But, how do you tell if virtualization is actually being recognized and used by Virtual Server 2005 R2 SP1 Beta 2? At the moment, there isn't any UI in the Virtual Server admin website that shows you the status of such things. However, you can use perfmon to query the Virtual Processor object (when a VM is started) to check. Here's how:
Hopefully we'll add some nice UI to the Virtual Server 2005 admin website before we complete the R2 SP1 development cycle. I have already suggested it but it would also be helpful for you to provide that type of feedback as a beta tester. We'll have to wait and see if the Virtual PC team decides to add IVT or AMD-V support to the next version.
Enjoy your hot new multi core server, desktop or laptop!!!