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”


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.


7. Power on the virtual machine

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




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

  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.

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