Memory Dumps from Xen-virtualized Windows

Suppose we got a kernel, complete or minidump from Windows running under Xen hypervisor. How would we distinguish it from a memory dump of Windows running on non-virtualized hardware? We can check machine id:

kd> !sysinfo machineid
Machine ID Information [From Smbios 2.4, DMIVersion 36, Size=348]
BiosMajorRelease = 3
BiosMinorRelease = 1
BiosVendor = Xen
BiosVersion = 3.1.0
SystemManufacturer = Xen
SystemProductName = HVM domU
SystemVersion = 3.1.0

and drivers:

kd> lm m *xen*
start end module name
f6012000 f605f000 dump_xenvbd (deferred)
f794b000 f795c000 xennet (deferred)
f82c0000 f830d000 xenvbd (deferred)
f845f000 f846b000 XENUTIL (deferred)
f84cf000 f84db000 dump_XENUTIL (deferred)

Note: similar information can be checked for VMWare and Virtual PC.

- Dmitry Vostokov @ -

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