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Re: [Xen-devel] [RFC] Hypervisor RNG and enumeration

On 29/10/14 13:45, Paolo Bonzini wrote:
> On 10/29/2014 11:37 AM, Andrew Cooper wrote:
>> While testing various nested combinations, XenServer has found that
>> modern Windows Server versions must have the hypervisor bit hidden from
>> them for them to be happy running HyperV, despite the fact that they
>> will make use of the Viridian virtual extensions also provided.
> Right.
>> As a result, while it is certainly advisable for the hypervisor bit to
>> be set, CommonHV should be available to be found by paravirtualised
>> drivers inside an OS which can't cope with the hypervisor bit set.
> Microsoft should just stop putting arbitrary limitations on their
> software; or pay the price which, in this case, is not being able to use
> the features from the common specification.  I guess what they'd do is
> reinvent the RNG as a Viridian extension (if they need it).
> You can certainly do CPUID(0x4F000000) even if HYPERVISOR=0.  What you
> get back is undefined, but in all likelihood it won't be the
> "CommonHVIntf" string.

Microsoft already has a specification to obtain a random number via an
ACPI device.  The VM Generation ID.



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