Hyper-V virtualization requirements for SharePoint 2013


Applies to: SharePoint Foundation 2013, SharePoint Server 2013

Topic Last Modified: 2014-10-22

Summary:Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V technology has specific processor requirements and is only supported by specific versions of Microsoft Windows Server products.

This article provides hardware and software requirements for hardware-based virtualization. Ensure that your plans for a SharePoint 2013 environment comply with supported products. Although Windows Server 2008 Hyper-V technology is the focal point of this article, the basic hardware requirements for hardware-based virtualization also apply to third-party virtualization technologies that Microsoft certifies. For more information, see Plan for on-premises or hosted virtualization in SharePoint 2013.

The requirements for hardware-based virtualization are as follows:

  • Hardware-assisted virtualization, which is available in processors that include a virtualization option—specifically processors with Intel Virtualization Technology (Intel VT) or AMD Virtualization (AMD-V) technology. Although today's processors support hardware-assisted virtualization this is not always the case for older chipsets. Your hardware manufacturer can provide this information.

  • Hardware-enforced Data Execution Prevention (DEP) is available and enabled.

One of the following Microsoft products is required for Hyper-V:

  • Windows Server 2008 (all editions of Windows Server 2008, except for Windows Server 2008 for Itanium-Based Systems, Windows Web Server 2008, and Windows Server 2008 Foundation)

  • Hyper-V Server 2008

  • Windows Server 2008 R2 (all editions of Windows Server 2008 R2, except for Windows Server 2008 R2 for Itanium-Based Systems, Windows Web Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation)

  • Hyper-V Server R2

We recommend Windows Server 2008 R2 for virtualization servers because of the many improvements that Hyper-V introduces, such as:

  • Live migration to move a running virtual machine from one cluster node to another

  • Significant gains in performance and scalability

  • Enhanced processor support

  • Enhanced virtual machine storage

  • Enhanced networking support

For more information, see What's New in Hyper-V in Windows Server 2008 R2.

Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 is supported for SharePoint 2013 but we recommend that you read Windows Server 2008 R2 Service Pack 1 before you install this service pack.