Hardware Requirements

  • A TPM (v1.2 or above) The BIOS feature is often called something like “embedded security device”
  • Hardware Virtualization extensions
    • Intel Virtualization Technology (VT-x)
  • Hardware Support for DMA Isolation
    • Intel Virtualization Technology for Directed I/O (VT-d)
  • 2nd-level page tables Typically turned on implicitly along with Virtualization extensions, if the processor supports it.
    • Intel Extended Page Tables (EPT)
  • Dynamic root of trust
    • Intel Trusted Execution Technology (TXT).


When purchasing a new machine, do not take it for granted that any newer Intel will have the necessary capabilities. Check Intel processor capabilities at: http://ark.intel.com/