As I still have a preference for VMware and with the annoying inconvenience still fresh in my mind from the previous two posts on managing Windows Server & Hyper-V outside a domain (within a workgroup) I decided to deploy Hyper-V as a nested VM within my VMware environment. Though for Hyper-V role to be installed a few tweaks have to be applied to the VM(s) in question.
Step 1 – Configure CPU/MMU Virtualisation
Within vSphere go to the VM properties, Options tab and under CPU/MMU Virtualization option select Use Intel VTx/AMD-V for instruction set virtualization and Intel EPT/AMD RVI or MMU virtualization
Step 2 – Add VMX Attributes
- Shutdown the VM
- Browse to the datastore which hosts the VMX file of the VM in question
- Download it locally
- Open the VMX file in your favorite text editor (Notepad or Notepad++) and add the end of it:
hypervisor.cpuid.v0 = "FALSE" vhv.enable= "TRUE"
You are now able to proceed in adding the Hyper-V role: