Install Hyper-V Server 2012 in VMware Workstation

Install Hyper-V Server 2012 in VMware Workstation

Microsoft ® Hyper-V™ Server 2012 provides a simplified, reliable, and optimized virtualization solution, which enables improved server utilization and reduced costs. Because Hyper-V Server is a dedicated stand-alone product that contains only the Windows ® hypervisor, a Windows Server ® driver model, and virtualization components, it provides a small footprint and minimal overhead. It can easily fit into customers' existing IT environments, leveraging their existing provisioning, management, support tools, processes, and skills.

Host Platform       : Windows 8 64bit
Virtual Platform    : VMWare Workstation 10
Remote Management   : Windows 8 64bit (Virtual Machine)
Hyper-V             : Hyper-V Server 2012 (Virtual Machine)

Set up VMware Workstation

Open VMware Workstation and create a new VM by using the Windows Server 2012 template. We will need to make two tweaks to the VM configuration in order to (fully) support Hyper-V Server:

In the Virtual Machine Settings dialog box, enable the Virtualization engine options( Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-v/RVI and Virtualize CPU performance counters).

Open the VMware's .VDX configuration file from the VMware's working directory. You can find the working directory by navigating to the Options page in the Virtual Machine Settings dialog box and checking the Working directory field.

Add the following three new entries to the .VDX configuration file. VMware configuration files can be opened with any text editor.

hypervisor.cpuid.v0 = "FALSE"
mce.enable = "TRUE"
vhv.enable = "TRUE"


hypervisor.cpuid.v0 = "FALSE": This option tricks the Windows Server 2012 into "thinking" it is not running in a virtualized instance

mce.enable = "TRUE": This option enables Machine Check Exception (MCE), which enable the Windows Server 2012 VM to report CPU hardware issues

vhv.enable = "TRUE": This option enables nested virtualization

Install Hyper-V Server 2012

Hyper-V Server 2012 installation process similar to the Windows standard installation procedure.

Configure Hyper-V Server 2012

Hyper-V is no GUI interface, can only be configured from the command line. System is installed, the first requirement to modify the Administrator password.

After installation is complete, it will be out of a basic configuration interface, if you accidentally closed the configuration interface, at the prompt, enter sconfig.cmd can be opened.

Enable Remote Desktop

Install Hyper-V Server 2012 in VMware Workstation

Remote Management

Here using a Windows 8 Hyper-V virtual machine as a remote management terminals.

In the "Programs and Features" Adding Hyper-V tool.

Install Hyper-V Server 2012 in VMware Workstation

Execute the command added the Hyper-V Server 2012 account and password to the system.

cmdkey /add:Computer-Name /user:Administrator /pass:******

Install Hyper-V Server 2012 in VMware Workstation

Modify the Windows\System32\Drivers\etc\hosts file, add Hyper-V Server 2012 Address      WIN-PCVB3BM0QBA

Because Windows 8 system itself is the problem (Windows 7 also have this problem), this time through the Hyper-V Manager to connect to the server, an error will occur can not communicate, you need to download from Microsoft's official website a script Hyper-V Remote Management Configuration Utility (HVRemote), and execute with administrator privileges

cscript hvremote.wsf /anondcom:grant

Install Hyper-V Server 2012 in VMware Workstation

Now, you can connect to the server.

Install Hyper-V Server 2012 in VMware Workstation

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