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How to run Hyper V on a guest Operating System on VMware host on Windows Server 2016

Hello Everyone ,

For those of you who feel inclined  to try out nested virtualization feature in Windows Server 2016 but on a VMware host can refer to the following steps. I will discuss what issues i faced and how i fixed them.

I started the install as usual going to the server manager and selecting the Hyper V through roles and features. But guess what i ran into the following error and it happens if you have not exposed the CPU to the VM for nested hyper-visor .

Please find the error message attached when you try to install Hyper V on a Windows Server 2016 :

hyperverror

Now you can expose full CPU virtualization to the guest operating system so that applications that require hardware virtualization can run on virtual machines without binary translation or paravirtualization.

Prerequisites :

  • Verify that the virtual machine compatibility is ESXi 5.1 and later.
  • Intel Nehalem Generation (Xeon Core i7) or later processors or AMD Opteron Generation 3 (Greyhound) or later processors.
  • Verify that Intel VT-x or AMD-V is enabled in the BIOS so that hardware assisted virtualization is possible .
  • Required Privileges:Virtual machine.Configuration.Settings set on the vCenter Server system

Procedure :

  1. Right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.

    To locate a virtual machine, select a datacenter, folder, cluster, resource pool, host, or vApp

    Click the Related Objects tab and click Virtual Machines.

  2. On the Virtual Hardware tab, expand CPU, and select Expose hardware-assisted virtualization to guest OS.
  3. Click OK .
  4. The Manage tab refreshes, and the Nested Hypervisor CPU option shows Enabled.

Try to install Hyper again and it should go through .

 

Hope this helps to implement Server 2016 with Nested virtualization 🙂

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