I have a demo environment with several servers running Xeon 5500+ processors w/Tylersburg chipsets, and would like to investigate using a Xen hypervisor to run unmodified OS's. This means the processor/chipset VT-x and VT-d capabilities will need to be fully utilized and functional from BIOS to hypervisor.
I understand that this setup is complicated, requiring precise selection of a Xen hypervisor version, a paravirtualized host kernel (dom0) version, and quite a bit of filesystem, network, and driver configuration. Custom compilation of the hypervisor and host kernel might be necessary as well.
Can anyone help me select a combination of hypervisor and kernel that is well-tested with VT-x/VT-d on Xeon 5500+ and Tylersburg? What flavors of this software/hardware combination have worked? As Intel developers and hobbyists test VT with Xen, which hypervisor/Dom0 kernel's are preferred?
My searches for similar 'guides' or simple taxonomies on various message boards and blogs have been unsuccessful, or resulted in embarrassingly out-of-date information. I will attempt to collate any comments or anecdotes and present them back to the community.