Hyper-V Server 2012 Release Candidate (x64) runs fine on ESXi 5.0 Update 1, but...

Posted by Paul Braren on Jun 3 2012 in
  • Hyper-V
  • Virtualization
  • Windows
  • Hyper-V-Server-2012-in-ESXi-5

    Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate Server Virtualization

    There's interest in using ESXi 5.0 Update 1 to "kick the tires" on the latest Hyper-V, ideally, able to run "nested" VMs, as a learning/self-training exercise really. I still don't have nesting working however, which is the ability to actually start a VM under Hyper-V. Then again, neither does anybody else, as far as I can tell. Perhaps we'll have to wait for ESXi 5.1, or whatever it'll be called.

    See also "Windows Server 8 Beta Hyper-V runs fine on ESXi 5.0 Patch 02" here:

    Yes, Hyper-V seems to install and function on ESXi, but I haven't gotten nested VMs yet.

    Here's the steps, this is a first draft:

    1) Download
    Microsoft Hyper-V Server 2012 Release Candidate (x64) - DVD (English)
    by logging into MSDN and searching for:

    2) Configure the VM
    Configure a "Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit) VM with 2 CPUs and 8GB of RAM, set to boot from the 3GB Hyper-V install ISO, click OK


    3) Tweak the VM's .vmx File
    Use Veeam FastSCP or WinSCP to edit the .vmx file for the VM you just created, adding this line to the end of the file:
    hypervisor.cpuid.v0 = FALSE
    mce.enable = TRUE

    Then go to this site for that first entry:
    and here's the second entry source:

    4) Power on the VM, and install Hyper-V
    proceed with normal install 

    5) Configure Hyper-V
    Configure basic Hyper-V settings if you'd like, including allow Remote Management, and creating an administrator account for the remote Windows 8 system you'll be connecting

    6) Install Hyper-V Manager on Windows 8 Release Preview
    Now we're ready to use a Windows 8 Release Preview VM (or physical):
    then install the required version of RSAT, 6.2, which only runs on Windows 8 Release Preview, downloaded from here:
    Remote Server Administration Tools for Windows 8 Release Preview
    Next, go to Add/Remove Programs, Add/Remove Windows Components, then turn on the Hyper-V checkbox.

    8) Run Hyper-V Manager and connect to Hyper-V
    Now you're ready to hit the Windows key on your keyboard, and type "hyper" and hit enter, and the Hyper-V Manager should start right up and allow you to connect

    7) Created "nested" VM
    still not working, please stand by...