I am setting up a home lab with VMware workstation 12.0 with ESXi 6.7 installed with Hardware compatibility ( 6.0 and mode 5.5 and above ) . ESXi starting OK , with its 16 GB of RAM. VCSA deployed successfully. It stuck at powering on at 57% . Not any good log explaining why. I tried deploying a windows VM , same behaviour. So , I know it is related to my CPU virtualizaion related. Even though I have checked vhv.enable = "TRUE" is there in vmx file. Virtualize Intel VT-x or AMD is selected on CPU virtualization engine box. Selected the VM ( VCSA ) property to "Expose hardware assisted virtualization to the guest OS" checked.
VCSA not powering on on Nested ESXi;
Fully dried out! Need help
what cpu and host os do you have in your desktop, is it Ryzen? If so
I think is the same thing, nested virtualization with amd ryzen cpus in windows 10 wasn't working. Its not a vmware issue but an actual windows issue.
There is a vmware.log in both workstation where you are storing the virtual esx host, and then in the virtual esx host where the failed vcsa is there should also be vmware log. Can you attach both of those and we can take a look and see if we can find the problem