I have been trying out various OSes in Hyper-V environment but one thing that I am noticing is its slow installation process. Even installling Windows guest OSes takes a long time. However, once intergration service is installed on Windows guest OSes, performance improves.
However, linux in Hyper-V is out of question yet. I tried to install 32, 64 bit Debian, Ubuntu Desktop/Server but Debian is the only distribution that I was able to be patient enough to complete the installation. Debian base installation without GUI took a couple hours, where text frame buffer was horrible, almost unbareable, I had to wait about 10 seconds for each page to come up. All other distributions, I waited about a couple hours too but it did not even get into the installation screen so I gave up.
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I have a very powerful XPS 600 from Dell and I still love it very much. However, I had only one complaint which is its VT capapility switch in BIOS. CPU has VT capability but BIOS does not offer VT enable switch in BIOS. I have contacted Dell a few times before but it does not seem that it will be supported. So I started looking for a way to get around it.
The following information is what I found online. The feature control Machine Specific Register (MSR) for VT has two bits. The first bit is a lock bit and the second bit is a on and off bit. If the lock bit is locked then you do not really have a choice. However, if the lock bit is clear then you can enable the second bit from OS temporarily.
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