Enhanced vMotion Compatibility (EVC) requirements

Before enabling EVC for a cluster, the following requirements must be met:

  • EVC only works with different CPUs in the same family, for example with different AMD Operon families. Mixing AMD and Intel processors is not allowed.
  • for Intel CPUs, use the CPUs with Core 2 micro architecture and newer. For AMD CPUs, use first-generation Opteron CPUs and newer.
  • enable hardware virtualization on all hosts.
  • enable AMD No eXecute (NX) or Intel eXecute Disable (XD) technology on all hosts.
  • configure vMotion networking for all hosts.
  • vCenter Server must be used to manage the cluster.
  • use ESX/ESXi 3.5 update 2 or newer on all hosts.
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