2 Sep 2009

64bit VM on a 32bit OS with VMware Workstation

I'm in the process of deploying MS SCMDM SP1 and have decided to first install the various components (MDM Gateway, Enrolment and Management Servers) in a isolated local VMware Environment before doing the live install. I stumbled upon a problem with running the 64bit Windows 2003 OS on my 32bit Windows XP laptop OS. Basically VMware Workstation was complaining that the CPU on the laptop was not compatible with the 64bit OS that i was trying to run on the VM.

There was two steps to resolve this;

  • Enable Intel Virtualisation Technology in my laptop's BIOS
  • Power off the laptop and then power on (a hot restart was not enough for this BIOS option to be recognised.)
There's also a handy CPU tester from VMware which will check your Host CPU for 32/64bit compatibility. It can be found here

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