2 Replies Latest reply on Dec 10, 2013 5:29 AM by Datto

    ESXi on XenServer?

    FJ1200 Enthusiast

      OK - probably already been answered but I can't find anything.  I have an old Dell server - 32GB, 1TB HDD, 2 quad-core Xeons,  that I want to use for a VM lab while I continue my VCP studies.


      Can I run ESXi nested on XenServer though as  I want to run other things alongside it, and, frankly, can't afford the VMW licensing.

        • 1. Re: ESXi on XenServer?
          vMariaL Enthusiast

          Hi FJ1200,


          You can always download a free 60-day trial. I also heard that bloggers and certified experts can ask VMware to provide a free NFR (not-for-resale) license to be able to test the product in their home lab.



          Veeam Community Manager

          • 2. Re: ESXi on XenServer?
            Datto Expert

            It would be much easier/better to run ESXi 5.x on your physical server and then, if you wish, run XenServer as a nested VM that runs on the physical ESXi host. Doing it the other way -- vice-versa -- is going to be more than a big challenge.


            I run nested XenServer 5.6, nested Hyper-V 2012 R2 and nested KVM as VMs running on physical ESXi 5.x -- each of those hypervisors runs their own VMs.


            Also, you're going to want to check to see if your Xeon CPUs are late-model enough to have EPT capability. Without EPT capabililty in your Xeons, you won't be able to do much with nesting hypervisors and performance will be abysmal.