Nested virtualization for Hyper-V with System Center VMM

Starting with Windows Server 2016, Microsoft made it possible to enable nested virtualization for Hyper-V. This meant that it was possible to run Hyper-V inside of a virtual machine. Initially, nested virtualization could only be enabled through Windows PowerShell, but starting with build 1801, Microsoft added nested virtualization support to System Center Virtual Machine Manager. In this article, I will show you how it works.

Before I get started, I need to point out that this article assumes that you have a few things already in place. Here is what you will need:

  • A Hyper-V host that is running Windows Server 2016 or higher. This VM should ideally be running the Datacenter edition of Windows Server.
  • A Hyper-V VM that is of configuration version 8.0 or higher, and running Windows Server 2016 or higher as the guest OS

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