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01-26-2015 11:44 AM
So I have been trying to enable Virtualization using the BIOS Configuration Utility on a series of Z210, Z220 and Z230 workstations. So far I have not had much success with enabling these entries, but for whatever reason it appears you can disable them using the BCU.
The specific entries that I am trying to enable are:
- Virtualization Technology (VTx)
- Virtualization Technology Directed I/O (VTd)
- Intel TXT(LT) Support
I am using BCU version 188.8.131.52 and a password configuration file created using HPQ Password Utility 184.108.40.206.
Systems are running a Windows 7 x64 personalized image (Tried on an HP stock image without success)
The command I am running is:
BiosConfigUtility64.exe /Advanced /SET:"Z230_BIOS_V.txt" /CurSetupPasswordFile:"Z230BIOSPW.bin"
Bios configuration file contains the following:
English ; ; Settings file originally created by BIOS Config Utility ; Version:220.127.116.11 ; Date:2015.01.26 ; Virtualization Technology (VTx) Disable *Enable Virtualization Technology Directed I/O (VTd) Disable *Enable Intel TXT(LT) Support Disable *Enable
I get the following information upon running the command (in this case showing that only one of the values needed updating):
<BIOSCONFIG Version="18.104.22.168" Computername="NameRemoved" Date="2015/01/26" Time="12:12:52" UTC="-6" > <SETTING changeStatus="pass" name="Virtualization Technology (VTx)" reason="" returnCode="0"> <OLDVALUE><![CDATA[Disable]]></OLDVALUE> <NEWVALUE><![CDATA[Enable]]></NEWVALUE> </SETTING> <SUCCESS msg="Successfully set BIOS configuration." /> <Information msg="BCU return value" real="0" translated="0" /> </BIOSCONFIG>
I then shutdown the computer and wait ~30 seconds before turning it back on. When I then export the configuration using the BCU, I get the following showing that the values have not been updated.
English ; ; Settings file originally created by BIOS Config Utility ; Version:22.214.171.124 ; Date:2015.01.26 ; Product Name HP Z230 Tower Workstation Manufacturer Hewlett-Packard ME Firmware Version Disabled Setup Language *English Danish Finnish French German Italian Japanese Dutch Norwegian Portuguese Swedish Spanish eSATA Port Disable *Enable Max eSATA Speed *3.0 Gbps 1.5 Gbps SATA Emulation IDE *RAID AHCI Removable Media Boot Disable *Enable Disable USB Hard Drive Boot Order *No Change SATA USB EFI Boot Order USB Hard Drive USB Floppy/CD ATAPI CD-ROM Drive Network Controller IPv4 Network Controller IPv6 Other Legacy Boot Order ATAPI CD-ROM Drive USB Floppy/CD Hard Drive Network Controller PnP Device #1 PnP Device #2 PnP Device #3 PnP Device #4 PnP Device #5 PnP Device #6 PnP Device #7 PnP Device #8 PnP Device #9 PnP Device #10 PnP Device #11 Legacy HDD Order USB Hard Drive AHCI HDD1 Lock Legacy Resources *Disable Enable Network Server Mode *Disable Enable Setup Browse Mode Disable *Enable Password prompt on F9 *Enable Disable Password prompt on F11 *Enable Disable Password prompt on F12 *Enable Disable Stringent Password *Disable Enable Cover Lock *Unlock Lock Cover Removal Sensor *Disable Notify User Setup Password Front USB Ports Enable *Disable Front USB3 Port 1 Disable *Enable Front USB3 Port 2 Disable *Enable Front USB Port 3 Disable *Enable Front USB Port 4 Disable *Enable Rear USB Ports *Enable Disable Rear USB3 Port 1 Disable *Enable Rear USB3 Port 2 Disable *Enable Rear USB Port 3 Disable *Enable Rear USB Port 4 *Disable Enable Rear USB Port 5 *Disable Enable Rear USB Port 6 *Disable Enable Internal USB Ports Enable *Disable Accessory USB Port 1 *Disable Enable Accessory USB Port 2 *Disable Enable Accessory USB Port 3 *Disable Enable Accessory USB Port 4 *Disable Enable Slot 1 - PCI Express x4 Disable *Enable Slot 2 - PCI Express x16 Disable *Enable Slot 3 - PCI Express x1 Disable *Enable Slot 4 - PCI Express x16 Disable *Enable Slot 5 - PCI Disable *Enable System Audio Device hidden *Device available Network Controller Device hidden *Device available Embedded Security Device *Device hidden Device available SATA0 Device hidden *Device available SATA1 Device hidden *Device available SATA2 Device hidden *Device available SATA3 Device hidden *Device available SATA5 Device hidden *Device available Network Service Boot Disable *Enable Enter Ownership Tag Buisness Name Data Execution Prevention Disable *Enable Virtualization Technology (VTx) *Disable Enable Virtualization Technology Directed I/O (VTd) Disable *Enable Intel TXT(LT) Support Disable *Enable Activate Embedded Security On Next Boot *Disable Enable Embedded Security Activation Policy F1 to Boot *Allow user to reject No prompts OS management of Embedded Security Device Enable *Disable Reset of Embedded Security Device through OS *Disable Enable Master Boot Record Security *Disable Enable Tpm PPI policy changed by OS allowed *Disable Enable Tpm measure boot variables/devices to PCR1 *Disable Enable Tpm No PPI provisioning *Disable Enable Tpm No PPI maintenance *Disable Enable Legacy Support Disable *Enable Secure Boot *Disable Enable Clear Secure Boot Keys *Don't Clear Clear Key Ownership *HP Keys Custom Keys Fast Boot *Disable Enable Runtime Power Management *Disable Enable Idle Power Savings *Normal Extended ACPI S3 PS2 Mouse Wake Up *Disable Enable Unique Sleep State Blink Rates *Disable Enable S5 Maximum Power Savings *Disable Enable SATA Power Management *Disable Enable Fan Idle Mode *------ +----- ++---- +++--- ++++-- +++++- ++++++ POST Messages Enable *Disable Press ESC for Startup Menu Prompt *Enable Disable Factory Recovery Boot Support Disable *Enable Option ROM Prompt *Enable Disable Remote Wakeup Boot Source Remote Server *Local Hard Drive After Power Loss *Off On Previous State POST Delay (in seconds) *None 5 10 15 20 30 40 50 60 POST Memory Manager Runtime Allocation Disable *Enable Bypass F1 Prompt on Configuration Changes *Disable Enable Sunday *Disable Enable Monday *Disable Enable Tuesday *Disable Enable Wednesday *Disable Enable Thursday *Disable Enable Friday *Disable Enable Saturday *Disable Enable BIOS Power-On Time (hh:mm) 00:00 PCI SERR# Generation Disable *Enable PCI VGA Palette Snooping *Disable Enable PCI Latency Timer 32 PCI Clocks 64 PCI Clocks 96 PCI Clocks *128 PCI Clocks 160 PCI Clocks 192 PCI Clocks 224 PCI Clocks 248 PCI Clocks Turbo Mode *Disable Enable Num Lock State at Power-On Off *On S5 Wake on LAN *Enable Disable Integrated Video *Disable Enable IGD Memory 32M *64M 128M 256M 512M 1024M Internal Speaker Disable *Enable USB EHCI Port Debug *Disable Enable Multi-Processor *Enable Disable Slot 1 Option ROM Download Disable *Enable Slot 2 Option ROM Download Disable *Enable Slot 3 Option ROM Download Disable *Enable Slot 4 Option ROM Download Disable *Enable Slot 5 Option ROM Download Disable *Enable VGA Configuration *Slot 2: Nvidia VGA Manufacturing Programming Mode Unlock *Lock Serial Port A *Disabled IO=3F8; IRQ=4 IO=3F8; IRQ=3 IO=2F8; IRQ=4 IO=2F8; IRQ=3 IO=3E8; IRQ=4 IO=3E8; IRQ=3 IO=2E8; IRQ=4 IO=2E8; IRQ=3 IO=3F8; IRQ=6 IO=3F8; IRQ=5 IO=2F8; IRQ=6 IO=2F8; IRQ=5 IO=3E8; IRQ=6 IO=3E8; IRQ=5 IO=2E8; IRQ=6 IO=2E8; IRQ=5 Serial Port B *Disabled IO=3F8; IRQ=4 IO=3F8; IRQ=3 IO=2F8; IRQ=4 IO=2F8; IRQ=3 IO=3E8; IRQ=4 IO=3E8; IRQ=3 IO=2E8; IRQ=4 IO=2E8; IRQ=3 IO=3F8; IRQ=6 IO=3F8; IRQ=5 IO=2F8; IRQ=6 IO=2F8; IRQ=5 IO=3E8; IRQ=6 IO=3E8; IRQ=5 IO=2E8; IRQ=6 IO=2E8; IRQ=5 Parallel Port\Onboard Devices *Disable IO=378; IRQ=7; DMA=1 IO=378; IRQ=7; DMA=3 IO=278; IRQ=7; DMA=1 IO=278; IRQ=7; DMA=3 Printer Mode Bi-Directional *EPP+ECP Output-Only AMT Enable *Disable Unconfigure AMT/ME *Disable Enable Bypass Unconfigure AMT/ME Prompt *Disable Enable WatchDog Timer Disable *Enable OS WatchDog Timer 5 BIOS WatchDog Timer 5 PXE Option ROMs Do Not Launch UEFI Only *Legacy Only Storage Option ROMs Do Not Launch UEFI Only *Legacy Only Video Option ROMs UEFI Only *Legacy Only Default Setup *Leave Defaults As Is (No Update) Save Current Settings as Default Restore Factory Settings as Default Apply Defaults and Exit *Do Not Apply Apply Connected BIOS *Disable Enable Use Proxy *Disable Enable Proxy Address Update BIOS via Network *Disable Enable Update Source Custom *HP Update Address Automatic BIOS Update Setting *Disable Install all updates automatically Install only important updates automatically Let user decide whether to install updates Automatically Check for Updates Daily Weekly Monthly Force Check on Reboot *Disable Enable
Anyone have any ideas or experience with this?
01-26-2015 04:43 PM
If you set these values using F10 setup, save and reboot - does BIOS save them after a reboot ?
Based upon the results you posted, BIOS reported to BCU the values were set successfully.
I know from discussions with the development team, BCU simply reports what BIOS told BCU.
Can you set/change other BIOS values with BCU that are saved after reboot?
I have not worked with the VTx/VTd settings before so I wonder if there are other pre-requisites.
example - TPM requires a BIOS password be set, but it appears you already have that so I can only suggest trying the items above.
Perhaps there is someone else that has experience with VTx/VTd specifically that will see your post.
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01-27-2015 08:32 AM
Richard thanks for your reply.
Yes, the values for the VTx and VTd entries can be updated and saved by entering the BIOS, updating the values and then saving the changes.
Other settings can be changed without an issue. The values for VTx/VTd can even be updated to "Disabled" using the BCU and the change stays after reboot. The issue only occurs when trying to enable these settings.
I set the password just in case it was a requirement and am wondering the same thing, but documentation on these settings are lacking. The only options I can see are that their are other prerequisits, this behavior is by design, or there is a bug in the Software. I am hoping for the first one.
01-29-2015 02:41 PM
Ok so I think that I may have stumbled upon the answer. I switched to yet another Z230 system and attempted to push down the configuration to it. Ended up with the same result when looking at the output from the BCU.
I checked out the settings in the BIOS and found that the lines for setting VTx amd VTd were greyed out, and the entry for LT support was missing while the BCU output showed it as enabled. I disabled LT using the BCU and power cycled the system. The VTx and VTd were no longer greyed out in BIOS. Booted into Windows and ran the configuration script with VTx Enabled, VTd Enabled, LT Disabled, restarted and it worked.
Checked the BIOS on the original systems and found that while LT was enabled it did not grey out VTx and VTd. Reflashed the BIOS on them and then tested enabling LT with the BCU which then greyed out VTx and VTd. So it appears that this is a dependacy and that there was something wrong with the BIOS on the first couple of systems.
So best I can tell if you want to enable VTx and VTd using the BCU you need the following:
- Set password on the BIOS
- Disable "Intel TXT(LT) Support" using the BCU
- Enable "Virtualization Technology Directed I/O (VTd)" and "Virtualization Technology (VTx)" using the BCU