How To Verify If Hardware Virtualization Is Enabled

Definition of Hardware Virtualization :

Computer hardware virtualization (or hardware virtualisation) is the virtualization of computers or operating systems. It hides the physical characteristics of a computing platform from users, instead showing another abstract computing platform. At its origins, the software that controlled virtualization was called a “control program”, but nowadays the terms “hypervisor” or “virtual machine monitor” are preferred.

To setup a virtualization environment we have some hardware requirements. Currently Intel and AMD is providing additional hardware to support virtualization. So, how to verify that our hardware virtualization is enabled or not? Below are the commands to verify the same.

On Intel hardware verify the flag “vmx” in “/proc/cpuinfo”

On AMD hardware verify the flag “svm” in “/proc/cpuinfo”

That’s it.

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Tapas Mishra

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