Install a VMWare ESXi 6.0 Hypervisor in a Hyper-V VM

agowa338 agowa338 Dec 20, 2016 · 2 mins read
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Recently I’ve been playing around with the new Hyper-V Nested Virtualization feature within Windows 10 (build 10565 and greater) and Windows Server 2016. It is pretty cool to be able to creat…


Part 1 - Prepare the ESXi ISO

  1. Install VMWare PowerCLI:
  2. Open PowerCLI
  3. Download ESXi-Customizer PowerShell Skript: and place it in D:\ESXi-Hyper-V
  4. Enter the following commands:
  5. cd D:\ESXi-Hyper-V
    .\ESXi-Customizer-PS-v2.5.ps1 -v60 -vft -load net-tulip

Part 2 - Create the Hyper-V VM

  • Generation 1
  • Startup Memory: ≥4096 MB
  • Use Dynamic Memory for this Virtual Machine: $false
  • Virtual Hard Disk: ≥10 GB
  • Install an operating system from a bootable CD/DVD-ROM
  • Image ile (.iso): Select the generated iso from part 1
  • Now edit and save the settings of the ESXi VM:
    • Processor: 2
    • Remove the "Network Adapter"
    • Add a "Legagy Network Adapter"
    • Select a Virtual Switch

Part 3 - Enable Nested Virtualization

Execute within an elevated Powershell:

Import-Module Hyper-V;
[String]$VMName = Read-Host -Prompt "Enter VM Name: "
Set-VMProcessor -VMName $VMName -ExposeVirtualizationExtensions $true;
Get-VMNetworkAdapter -VMName $VMName | Set-VMNetworkAdapter -MacAddressSpoofing On;

Part 4 - Boot ESXi Virtual Machine

  1. At the Bootscreen of the installation Media quickly press "Tab" and append "ignoreHeadless=TRUE" at the end of the Boot Options.
  2. Complete the setup process.
  3. Remove the installation disk and press "Enter" to reboot.

Part 5 - Configure the ESXi Boot Options:

  1. At the boot menue quickly press SHIFT+O and add the "ignoreHeadless=TRUE" Boot Option.
  2. After ESXi has started, press F2 and navigate to "Troubleshooting Options" => "Enable ESXi Shell"
  3. Press ALT+F1 to switch to the ESXi Shell
  4. Login to the shell
  5. Execute esxcfg-advcfg --set-kernel "TRUE" ignoreHeadless
  6. After that press STRG+D to logoff.
  7. Now press ALT+F2 to switch back to the GUI.
  8. Optionally turn off ESXi Shell.
  9. Esc out off the Options menu.

Now you have a fully funktional ESXi Host within a Hyper-V Virtual Machine. It should be noted, that this setup is not supported neither by VMWare nor by Microsoft.

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