Hi,

since some time ago it's possible to run esx(i) inside a vmware Workstation. In others words, running the esx(i) host as a virtual machine.

 

To be able to run esx(i) virtual, the host where Workstation is running needs to accomplish some requirements because esx(i) runs as a 64 bit virtual machine.

 

If you use the Workstation 7.X or later, running esx(i) virtual is a lot of easy. Just select the "Vmware ESX" like the guest operating system when creating the virtual machine. Anything else is needed.

 

But if you use a older version than 7.X, some adjustments need to be done. Check this guides to learn how to do it:

 

http://www.vladan.fr/how-to-install-and-manage-esxi-server-inside-vmware-workstation-65/

http://www.vmwarevideos.com/running-vmware-esxi-4-vsphere-in-vmware-workstation-video

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1nNK5wFVppg

 

Some interesting notes from vmware about running ESX(i) virtual.

Here more information about this topic.

 

Regards,