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frankrf
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Can the Intel SL8MA running in a Poweredge 2850 be replaced by the Intel SL8UB?

I'm interested in running Microsoft Hyper-V Serrver on my Powerdege 2850 which has 2 each, 2.8Ghz, dual core, Intel SL8MA.

One of the HW requirements specified for Hyper-V is that the processor supports VT-x.

Since the Intel SL8MA does not support VT-x, I would like to know if it is possible to replace the processor with the Intel SL8UB which has the same specs as the SL8MA. The only difference I can see from Intel's spec sheets is the amount of L2 Cache, theMax TDP, and that the SL8UB does support VT-x.

For the SL8MA see: http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?id=27202

For the SL8UB see: http://ark.intel.com/Product.aspx?spec=SL8UB

Has anybody tried this modification?

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Re: Can the Intel SL8MA running in a Poweredge 2850 be replaced by the Intel SL8UB?

Even with the processor change, there isn’t a BIOS update to include the option to enable VT. 
Without the BIOS instruction to allow for VT to be enabled to pass thru to the processor, there isn’t a solution to resolve the dependency that arises on install regarding VT enabled system.

 

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Re: Can the Intel SL8MA running in a Poweredge 2850 be replaced by the Intel SL8UB?

In other words; you need a newer server to get VT support (e.g. at least a 2950 (staying in that server model range).

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frankrf
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Re: Can the Intel SL8MA running in a Poweredge 2850 be replaced by the Intel SL8UB?

Thank you for the info.

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