Error when starting a VM in Hyper-V 2012

By | October 11, 2012

Quick post!
Got an error after I’ve upgraded my servers from 2008 R2 to 2012 and I wanted to boot my VM’s.
In the event viewer I got this error message Hypervisor launch failed; Secure Mode Extensions have been enabled by the BIOS. Please disable Secure Mode Extensions in the BIOS to launch Hyper-V.
I the hyper-v manager I got the message:

Virtual machine ‘VM_Name’ could not be started because the hypervisor is not running (Virtual machine ID <Virtual_Machine_ID>). The following actions may help you resolve the problem:

  1. Verify that the processor of the physical computer has a supported version of hardware-assisted virtualization.
  2. Verify that hardware-assisted virtualization and hardware-assisted data execution protection are enabled in the BIOS of the physical computer. (If you edit the BIOS to enable either setting, you must turn off the power to the physical computer and then turn it back on. Resetting the physical computer is not sufficient.)
  3. If you have made changes to the Boot Configuration Data store, review these changes to ensure that the hypervisor is configured to launch automatically.

This was a bit odd since it was working for 2008 R2, so I tried the basics.

First I ran systeminfo and saw under Hyper-V requirements to see that it was fully supported.

Hyper-V Requirements:      VM Monitor Mode Extensions: Yes
Virtualization Enabled In Firmware: Yes Second Level Address Translation: Yes Data Execution Prevention Available: Yes

I ran the command bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype auto
Since it stated that the Hypervisor was not running.

Tried a reboot, but still nothing happened.
In my case it was because I had an old BIOS driver on my server so when I updated my BIOS everything started working again , so remember to check that you have the latest BIOS driver, that is always a good best practice Smile

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