Article ID: 000089724 Content Type: Product Information & Documentation Last Reviewed: 11/15/2023

What Is the Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU (Intel® VROC) Hardware Key?


Information about the Intel® VROC hardware key, where to get it, and its usage to enable full Intel® VROC features.


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Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU (Intel® VROC) is a licensed product for sale through OEMs or ODMs with a support service level agreement.

The Intel® VROC hardware key is a mechanism to obtain a license to the Intel® VROC software. Certain OEMs/ODMs have built servers and workstations that support Intel® VROC by adding a key header to their motherboards. The Intel® VROC hardware key is required to be inserted into that motherboard to enable the RAID license. Only one key is needed per system (that is, per server or per workstation).

End-users can expect the hardware keys to be installed by their OEMs in their servers, as long as end-users request a server with a complete Intel® VROC solution. OEMs obtain the keys from Intel or Intel’s distributors. If an end-user decides to upgrade to Intel® VROC after purchasing a platform, they can purchase an Intel® VROC key from their specific server OEM website. In this way, end-users can get proper support for Intel® VROC from the platform supplier.

Additional information

If no RAID functionality is needed, the Pass-Thru mode can be used. This functionality does not need a license (hardware key), and provides Intel® Volume Management Device (Intel® VMD) features and functionality without RAID.

Learn more about the available SKUs and licensing in Intel® Virtual RAID on CPU (Intel® VROC) SKUs and Licensing.