Recommended server hardware BIOS settings that runs hypervisor

Recommended server hardware BIOS settings that runs hypervisor
Press F9 to enter RBSU (ROM-Based Setup Utility)
  • Latest version of the BIOS running in the system.
  • All of these menu paths are based on an Intel board with I27 from a BL460c G7 so they will differ for other models and AMD servers.  However, the settings still need to be in place.
Settings you typically have to change
  • Server Availability
    • Automatic Server Recovery (ASR) Status : Disabled
  • Advanced Options > Advanced System ROM Options
    • Virtual Install Disk: Disabled
  • Power Management Options
    • HP Power Regulator: OS Control Mode
Note: This changes HP Power Profile to Custom which is expected
  • Power Management Options > Advanced Power Management Options
    • Minimum Processor Idle Power Package State: Package C6 state (choose retention if available)
Settings you should verify are correct
  • Power Management Options > Advanced Power Management Options
    • Collaborative Power Control:  Enabled
  • Leverage Processor Clocking Control technology and allows ESXi to cooperate with the BIOS to determine the processor clock rate
    • Turbo Boost Optimization: Optimized for Performance
    • Minimum Processor Idle Power Core State: C6 state
  • Advanced Options > Advanced System ROM Options
    • MPS Table Mode: Full Table APIC
  • Advanced Options > Advanced Performance Tuning Options
    • Node Interleaving: Disabled
  • System Options > Processor Options
    • No-Execute Memory Protection: Enabled
    • Intel Virtualization Technology: Enabled
    • Intel Hyperthreading Options: Enabled
    • Intel Turbo Boost Technology: Enabled
    • Intel VT-d: Enabled
If your server is AMD, ensure similar options are selected
  • Disabling USB: Disable if not needed. Your call.
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Predominantly based around Virtualization, but will include other technology related information and anything else I find interesting and feel the need to share with you. I also use this Blog as both a place to store useful information that I think that will come in handy to me at some point in the future, and also a place to help aid my learning. I find a great way to learn about something is to research about it and then write it up in my own words. I'm Pushpal Ray, from India. As a certified VCP3/4/5 professional, I am currently working as an Independent Consultant. Over 10 years of IT-industry experience, currently focused around the Desktop Virtualization(End-User Computing). I also have extensive experience in Windows Administration, Datacenter Migration, Workload profiling & benchmarking. At my leisure, I enjoy hiking, running, photography, spend hours in my fav coffee shop & spend quality time with my wife. Occasionally, catch up with few friends for a drink!
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