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21.14. Verifying Virtualization Extensions
Use this section to determine whether your system has the hardware virtualization extensions. Virtualization extensions (Intel VT-x or AMD-V) are required for full virtualization.
- Run the following command to verify the CPU virtualization extensions are available:
$ grep -E 'svm|vmx' /proc/cpuinfo
- Analyze the output.
If any output is received, the processor has the hardware virtualization extensions. However in some circumstances manufacturers disable the virtualization extensions in BIOS.The "
- The following output contains a
vmxentry indicating an Intel processor with the Intel VT-x extension:
flags : fpu tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm syscall lm constant_tsc pni monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 cx16 xtpr lahf_lm
- The following output contains an
svmentry indicating an AMD processor with the AMD-V extensions:
flags : fpu tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic mtrr mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx mmxext fxsr_opt lm 3dnowext 3dnow pni cx16 lahf_lm cmp_legacy svm cr8legacy ts fid vid ttp tm stc
flags:" output content may appear multiple times, once for each hyperthread, core or CPU on the system.The virtualization extensions may be disabled in the BIOS. If the extensions do not appear or full virtualization does not work refer to Procedure 21.3, “Enabling virtualization extensions in BIOS”.
Ensure KVM subsystem is loadedAs an additional check, verify that the
kvmmodules are loaded in the kernel:
# lsmod | grep kvmIf the output includes
kvmhardware virtualization modules are loaded and your system meets requirements.
If the libvirt package is installed, the
virshcommand can output a full list of virtualization system capabilities. Run
virsh capabilitiesas root to receive the complete list.