Enabling Virtual Machine Queue for a Physical Network Adapter

Applies To: Windows Server 2008 R2

Network adapters that support VMQ must have the feature enabled on the Advanced tab of the network adapter’s properties in Device Manager. Most network adapters have VMQ enabled by default. Some manufacturers may use different terminology to refer to the VMQ feature. Check your network adapter’s documentation or consult the manufacturer for details about virtual machine queue capabilities and what settings correspond to this capability.


For Intel network adapter drivers available as of this publication, this step must be performed only after the registry key settings to enable virtual machine queues are set. See Enabling Virtual Machine Queue on the Management Operating System for more information.

To enable virtual machine queues on a physical network adapter

  1. Open Device Manager (click Start, right-click Computer, click Properties, and then click Device Manager).

  2. Expand Network adapters, right-click the name of the network adapter, and then click Properties.

  3. On the Advanced tab in the network adapter properties, locate the setting for virtual machine queues and make sure it is enabled. If this setting is not present then the adapter may not support VMQ.