9 Replies Latest reply on Oct 22, 2015 3:31 AM by rokenom

    How To Create Nested Virtualization Using Hyper-V In The Guest?

    CuiZinieR Novice

      Hi,

       

       

      I try to do nested virtualization with VMware Player v7 and Windows Server 2012 R2 as the guest but fail to install the Hyper-V role.

       

       

      According to this VMware document, it's possible to run a VM within a VM with Player 7: "Virtualized HV is fully supported for virtual hardware version 9 or later VMs on hosts that support Intel VT-x and EPT or AMD-V and RVI. To enable virtualized HV, select VM->Settings and navigate to the processor settings screen. Check the box next to  "Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI."“

       

       

      First, I tried on 2 different computers (1 server running Windows Server 2008 R2 and 1 laptop running Windows 7 Pro) whose CPU support "Intel® VT-x with Extended Page Tables (EPT)" according to Intel's official website:

       

      Second, in the VM CPU settings, I tried the following options:

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      In each case, when I try to add the Hyper-V role in the guest, it fails with the message "Hyper-V cannot be installed: A hypervisor is already running":

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      I also tried using VMware Workstation 11 instead of Player 7 but it's the same.

       

       

      Can someone tell me what's wrong? How can I do nested virtualization using Hyper-V in the guest?

       

      Thanks in advance.