Question Do I need a vPro motherboard to use VMCS?

pjw

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Hi,

I'd like to have Intel VMCS available for VM nestng.

VMCS only occurs on vPro CPUs.

There are a reasonable number of intel CPUs that support vPro.

Only a small number of mobos support vPro (Q* chipsets).

Unfortunately, vPro also comes with the awful and buggy and (historically at least) insecure remote management tools.

So...can I put a vPro CPU in a non-vPro motherboard and (a) have the CPU work and (b) have access to VMCS?

(the question boils down to why VMCS is only on vPro CPUs; is it marketing, or because the feature sets are tightly linked?)
 

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