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Dual Boot Bare Metal Hypervisor / Windows 7

Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:05 AM

Okay so this is the scenario:

A while back I made a thread asking if there were any bare metal hypervisors that were able to run on a PC that didn't have any hardware assisted virtual technology components. Turned out there isn't and even if there was it's not really a sustainable solution.


I've come to notice that my main PC which I use for all sorts everyday use (mainly making electronic music), however does.
Now I wouldn't want to override my existing OS with all my files, settings, music, etc. But then I thought to myself, why can't I just partition one of my 1TB hard drives and install Citrix XenServer on that specific partition and then make a dual boot in the Citrix grub file?

I'm a student and I don't have the kind of money to just go and buy myself new hardware.

How would I configure the SATA harddrives to choose the one with the Citrix XenServer grub-thingy to boot up first?

Might aswell post my systems spec's while I'm at it:

Operating System                                  Microsoft Windows 7
Computer Type                                     ACPI x64-based PC
CPU Type                                          QuadCore Intel Core 2 Quad Q8400, 2666 MHz (8 x 333)
Motherboard Name                                  Asus P5G41C-M LX  (2 PCI, 1 PCI-E x1, 1 PCI-E x16, 2 DDR2 DIMM, 2 DDR3 DIMM, Audio, Video, Gigabit LAN)
Video Adapter                                     NVIDIA GeForce GT 440  (1024 MB)
Disk Drive                                        SAMSUNG HD103SJ ATA Device  (1000 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
Disk Drive                                        SAMSUNG HD103SJ ATA Device  (1000 GB, 7200 RPM, SATA-II)
DIMM1: Corsair XMS CMX4GX3M1A1333C9               4 GB DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM  (9-9-9-24 @ 666 MHz)  (8-8-8-22 @ 592 MHz)  (6-6-6-16 @ 444 MHz)
DIMM3: Kingston 99U5471-002.A00LF                 2 GB DDR3-1333 DDR3 SDRAM  (8-8-8-22 @ 609 MHz)  (7-7-7-20 @ 533 MHz)  (6-6-6-17 @ 457 MHz)







Would this be possible? Is it a good idea? Is there anything I should consider before doing this?

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Re: Dual Boot Bare Metal Hypervisor / Windows 7

Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:22 AM

According to the specs of your CPU it has VT-x built in, which is a hardware assisted virtual technology component. It may just be disabled in the bios.
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Re: Dual Boot Bare Metal Hypervisor / Windows 7

Posted 23 January 2013 - 11:43 AM

View PostAdamSpeight2008, on 23 January 2013 - 11:22 AM, said:

According to the specs of your CPU it has VT-x built in, which is a hardware assisted virtual technology component. It may just be disabled in the bios.


Yeah I'm sorry if I didn't make it clear eralier. The computer that I previosuly tried to install Citrix on did not have Intel-VT. My main computer does however have Intel-VT, yes.
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