VMware Fusion 5: Enable VT-x/EPT inside a virtual machine

VMware has done a great job in recent versions of Fusion, Workstation and vSphere when it comes to allowing users to run other hypervisor applications inside a virtual machine.  In fact, many of my recent blog posts here at virtualizationadmin.com are using Hyper-V servers that I have running under VMware Fusion 5.

To enable this feature inside one of your virtual machines,

  1. Make sure the virtual machine is in a powered off state
  2. Open that virtual machine’s properties page
  3. Select the Processors & Memory page
  4. Select the checkbox next to Enable hypervisor applications in this virtual machine
  5. Restart the server

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Once this support is added, you should be able to, for example, install the Hyper-V role on a Windows server.

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