VmWare Workstation 7.1.4 Linux 64Bit ESXi virtualization not supported?

Hi, I’m a newbe here, so if this question is in the wrong community, please advise me. I have problem with the installation of a esxi hypervisor in VmWare workstation for 64bit. I have the following installation.

Motherboard  = ASROCK X58 Extreme3
CPU   = Intel i7 960 3.2GHz
Memory  = 24GB
BIOS   = P2.60  
VT-x Vanderbool = enabled

I have checked the CPU compatibility with the identification utility:

CPU Identification Utility:
Version: = Build: 160658

Reporting CPUID for 8 logical CPUs...

All CPUs are identical
Family: 06 Model: 1a Stepping: 5
0x0098e3bd  0xbfebfbff  0x00000001  0x28100000

Vendor : Intel
Processor Cores : 1
Brand String : " Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU 960 3.20GHz"
SSE Support : SSE1, SSE2, SSE3, SSE4.1, SSE4.2
Supports NX / XD :   Yes
Supports CMPXCHG16B :   Yes
Supports RDTSCP :  Yes
Hyperthreading :   Yes
Supports Flex Migration : Yes
Supports 64-bit Longmode :  Yes
Supports 64-bit VMware :  Yes
Supported EVC modes :  Xeon Core2, Xeon 45nm Core2, Xeon Core i7

The Host OS is a follows:

Host OS  = Linux Ubuntu 10.10
2.6.35-30-server #56-Ubuntu SMP Mon Jul 11 21:37:42 UTC 2011 x86_64 GNU/Linux

The Linux show me vmx and longmode support on the CPU:

processor       : 0
vendor_id       : GenuineIntel
cpu family      : 6
model           : 26
model name      : Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU         960  @ 3.20GHz
stepping        : 5
cpu MHz         : 1600.000
cache size      : 8192 KB
physical id     : 0
siblings        : 8
core id         : 0
cpu cores       : 4
apicid          : 0
initial apicid  : 0
fpu             : yes
fpu_exception   : yes
cpuid level     : 11
wp              : yes
flags           : fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush dts acpi mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht tm pbe syscall nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc arch_perfmon pebs bts rep_good xtopology nonstop_tsc aperfmperf pni dtes64 monitor ds_cpl vmx est tm2 ssse3 cx16 xtpr pdcm sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt lahf_lm ida dts tpr_shadow vnmi flexpriority ept vpid
bogomips        : 6427.25
clflush size    : 64
cache_alignment : 64
address sizes   : 36 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

On the host I have installed following VmWare Worksation:

Version  = VMware-Workstation-Full-7.1.4-385536.x86_64.iso

I created a VM for the ESXi installation as follows:

CPU  = 2
CPU Mode = Automatic / Intel VT-x or AMD-V
Memory  = 2GB
HD SCSI  = 500GB

During the installation the ESXi I got the following message:

Hardware Virtualization Warning:
Hardware Virtualization is not a feature of the CPU, or is not enabled in the BIOS

As I running other VMs (Linux adn Windows) in 64bit mode, what is worg to install a nested ESXi in 64bit?

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Workstation 7.1.4 does not virtualize the hardware virtualization features of the physical CPU.  Hence, hardware virtualization is not available on the virtual CPU.

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Hi  jmattson

thanks for teh replay. Is there a plan to support this in a fetaure release like the ESXi5?

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I'm sorry, but I can't comment on unannounced features.

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