Nesting a Hyper-VM on VMware Workstation 8

SOURCE: http://www.veeam.com/blog/nesting-hyper-v-with-vmware-workstation-8-and-esxi-5.html

Nesting a Hyper-VM on VMware Workstation 8

So, following are the steps to create a Microsoft Hyper-V VM running in VMware Workstation 8

1. Create a New VM with version 8 hardware

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2. Give it 4 GB RAM and 2 x vCPUs with about 80-100 GB disk space, depending upon how many VMs you wanted nested underneath Hyper-V.

3.  Select Windows 2008 R2 x64.

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4. When you are finished, make sure you add another NIC to the VM used as the Hyper-V virtual network,

5. Under the settings of the VM > CPU, make sure you have the option to pass-through the Intel VT-x/EPT feature.

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6. Make sure you have set the VM to boot from Windows 2008 R2 x64 media ISO.

7. Before booting, you should edit the config file .vmx and add the parameter: hypervisor.cpuid.v0 = “FALSE”

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9. Once finished, open up Server Manager and click “Add Role”.

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10. Select and install the Hyper-V option. At this point, you will know if your system is working correctly and passing the Intel EPT feature, because if it doesn’t, you won’t be able to go past this point.

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11. You’ll also have to select the network adapter used for the virtual network.

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12. Now install Hyper-V, which will need a reboot.

13. After it is completed, open Server Manager drill down to Hyper-V and connect to the local server.

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14. Now create and install a virtual machine.

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Once done, you should be able to use it as normal.

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Michel van Kessel

Specialist in Data Center Infrastructure Designs and Cloud Designs. CCIE Data Center #44197 #CiscoChampion

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