In addition to the many performance tips in Performance Best Practices for VMware vSphere 4.0 for maximizing the performance of the hardware, enable the following BIOS-specific settings to ensure compatibility with the ESX Server:

  • Enable all hardware-assisted virtualization features.

  • Enable all populated sockets, and enable all processor cores in each socket.

  • Enable hyperthreading.

    Note that some manufacturers label the hyperthreading option as “Logical Processor,” while others label it “Enable Hyperthreading.”