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Hyper-V as a vSphere VM/Nested x64 OSes on VMWare ESXi/Workstation 8

Posted by essjae on October 24, 2011


I’ve been playing around with the new vSphere 5 Hypervisor (ESXi5) lately and I came across a few cool tricks from virtuallyghetto (http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2011/07/how-to-enable-support-for-nested-64bit.html):  running x64 VMs on ESXi5 while itself is a VM under Workstation 8 and running VMs under Hyper-V server under ESXi.

Running a Hyper-V VM while Hyper-V is itself a VM under ESXi5 does work, it’s not really something you’d want to do, unless you’re masochistic.  I was able to get Windows 2000 Pro running walking as a VM successfully.  The stability of ESXi seems to be greatly affected by doing this also, since my ESXi host hung at some point overnight.

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