Running Nested Hyper-V Server 2016 on VMware vSphere 6

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Nested Hyper-V Server 2016

VMware vs Hyper-V is the one of the hot virtualization battle which continues to happen with tight competition. VMware is still a dominant force and Market Leader with a broad and sustainable market strategy. There are some instances where many organization may be running some Hypervisor currently but they want to evaluate other Hypervisor. Procuring hardware for evaluating hypervisor is not really needed in this situation.So they will looking to run nested hypervisors. This article will talk about running  Nested Hyper-V server 2016 on VMware vSphere 6.0. Nowadays, You  no need to configure any VMX configuration or advanced configuration at VMware Hypervisor level to run nested Hyper-v 2016.

Nested Hyper-V Server 2016 on VMware vSphere 6

Create Virtual Machine for Nested Hyper-V Server 2016 with Compatibility ESXi 6.0  and later in vSphere Web Client or With Hardware Version 11 from vSphere Client.

Nested Hyper-V Server 2016

Select the Guest OS Family as “windows” and Guest OS Version is ” Microsoft Windows Server 2016 (64-bit) and Click on Next

In the Customize hardware wizard, Expand Network adapter and Select VMXNET 3 as adapter type. VMXNET 3 is the high performance network adapter

Expand  CPU under Virtual Hardware section in Customize hardware wizard in vSphere Web Client. Select the option “Expose hardware assisted virtualization to the guest OS” in Hardware virtualization. Enabling this option 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.

Attach Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016 ISO image under CD/DVD Drive and Click on OK.

Boot the virtual machine with Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2016 ISO image and Continue with the installation of Hyper-V Server

Click on Install now to start the installation of Microsoft Hyper-V server 2016.

That’s it. We are done with running nested Hyper-V Server 2016 on VMware vSphere 6.0. I hope this is informative for you. Thanks for Reading !!! Be social and share it in social media, if you feel worth sharing it.

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