LouReed4
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Nested 64-bits VMs

Hello,

     (Specifications of my hardware: Laptop Packard Bell EasyNote TE with the processor AMD E1-1200 , and Windows 8 64bits, with 8GB RAM)

    I would to ask the following question:

   I have just download vsphere ESXi 5.1 and installed within WMWare 8 Workstation, because at first I wanted to try before installing it in a server.

   I succefully installed ESXi 5.1 within VMWare WorkStation but an error appears saying something like I need to have AMD-V for nested virtualization.

   I have reviewed the specifications of my processor (AMD E1-1200 ) and it supports such Hardware virtualization Technology called AMD-V.

   Found this tool in vmware.com: "VMware-guest64check-5.5.0-18463" ; which checks if your machine is able to run a 64-bit guest operating system, and clearly enough I obtain this message:

   "VMWare 64-bit Compatibility check failed: This Host is not capable of running a 64-bit guest operating system under this VMWare Product."

I really don't know why I can install ESXi 5.1 within WMWare 8 Workstation. Well, I can but it doesn't let me install 64-bit operating system as guests.

  I read over and over again the requirements and I don't find what I am missing.

  My BIOS doesn't have an option to enable or disable AMD-V, but through a research on google I have found, as aforementioned, that my processor has AMV-D Hardware Virtualization.

  The last thing I read this morning is that AMD-RVI was also required, and I don't find anywhere that my processor (amd E1-1200) has that.

I am really struggling with this, because moreover and I have worked with WorkStation but never before with ESX

Thanks in advance!

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a_nut_in
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AMD-RVI is a requirement for 64 bit nested VM's

It will not work otherwise. The below settings are what I used for my setup on a Supermicro with AMD Opteron running Windows 7 and Workstation 9

virtuallyGhetto: How to Enable Nested ESXi & Other Hypervisors in vSphere 5.1

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LouReed4
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Thanks a lot!

   I followed your directions and the value of nestedHVSupported is "FALSE".

So, my brand new laptop is just useless to try any 64-bit based software ( virtually all of them nowadays!! ) inside VMWorkstation 8 ! , just great. :smileyconfused:

Again: Thanks a lot a_nut_in for your invaluable help!

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LouReed4
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I have just run into this tool: Technical Download Details</title> <meta name="keywords" content=" " /...

It is a little software that when executed indicates that my laptop hasn't "AMD-V" enabled.

So, even though my processor (AMD E1-1200) has that feature, I can't enable it because there is not such option in my BIOS.

Thanks a lot again!

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a_nut_in
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You could try a BIOS upgrade and check

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LouReed4
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Thanks again a_nut_in ,

   I guess it's my only way out ?

Thanks for your time!!

P.S: I have never performed a BIOS upgrade, believe it or not. People say it is dangerous, but I'll look into that posibility.

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a_nut_in
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Would be best to contact the hardware vendor to help you with that as an incorrect BIOS upgrade would be difficult to recover from

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LouReed4
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I'll do so then.

I really appreciate your assistance :smileygrin:

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