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VMware: Nesting Hyper-V 2012 R2 on vSphere ESXi 5.5

In my test environment I configured tree Hyper-V 2012R2 servers nested on vSphere 5.5,  the configuration was very easy, here some details:

1. Deploy a Windows 2012R2 server, use GuestOS Windows 2012 (64-bit)

2. Upgrade hardware level to version 10

3. Remove the virtual machine from the vCenter inventory

4. Download and edit the .vmx file, add the following lines:

vhv.enable = “TRUE”
hypervisor.cpuid.v0 = “FALSE”
mce.enable = “TRUE”

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5. Upload and re-add the .vmx file to the vCenter inventory

6. Edit the virtual machine hardware > CPU > Hardware virtualization> select: Expose hardware assisted virtualization to the guest OS

*Note: you need to upgrade to HW level 10, otherwise the hardware virtualization tab is grayed out.

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7. Power on the virtual machine

8. Now you are able to select the Hyper-V role, finish the setup

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Ejoy!

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  1. Alexandre Capeletto
    March 11th, 2015  (Quote) at 15:00  (Quote) | #1

    Hello Sanders.
    Could you share your host CPU model?

    I am having some difficulties and I believe they are related to my processor lack of EPT technology.

    Thanks in advance.
    Alex

  2. March 16th, 2015  (Quote) at 14:45  (Quote) | #2

    Alexandre Capeletto :

    Hello Sanders.
    Could you share your host CPU model?

    I am having some difficulties and I believe they are related to my processor lack of EPT technology.

    Thanks in advance.
    Alex

    Running 2x Xeon X5550 CPU’s, some more homelab specs: https://blog.vmpros.nl/home-lab/

  3. Domagoj Versec
    March 25th, 2015  (Quote) at 15:24  (Quote) | #3

    Hi,
    how much slower it is when running windows server 2012 r2 over vSphere VS same scenarion in nested solution?

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