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Windows 2008 Hyper-V in VMware Workstation installation problem

I have Intel® Core"2 Quad Processor Q6600 with Intel Desktop Board DG45ID. I am using VMware Workstation 6.0.4. Virtualization technology is enabled in the BIOS and I installed 64-bit Windows 2008 Enterprise Edition guest OS on 32-bit OS.

When I am trying to intall Hyper-V from Server Manager role, it showing the following error:

"Hyper-V cannot be installed
Server Manager has detected that the processor on this computer is not capable with Hyper-V. To install this role the processor must have a supported version of hardware assisted virtualization, and that feature must be turned on in the BIOS."

Could you please tell me the exact location in the BIOS where from I can enable Hyper-V.

Attached is the Summary Information of Intel® Core"2 Quad Processor. Please suggest me whether that processor will support Hyper-V or not.
Windows OSWindows Server 2008VMware

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Naga Bhanu Kiran Kota

8/22/2022 - Mon
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That means I cannot run Hyper-V on a virtual machine running on VMware Workstation.

I have no ESX running on VMware Workstation. I can't understand what do you want to say by "I have been able to run ESX as a VM on vmware workstation 6.0 and 6.5 and also run VMs inside that ESX VM."

I haven't a clear idea about ESX. Will ESX help to solve the poblem?

Also sending you the contents of vmx file. Will I simply add the following code provided by you at any place of the vmx file? By adding these lines will I be able to run Hyper-V in VMware Workstation?

monitor_control.restrict_backdoor = "TRUE"
monitor_control.enable_svm = "TRUE"
monitor_control.vt32 = "TRUE"
config.version = "8"
virtualHW.version = "6"
scsi0.present = "TRUE"
scsi0.virtualDev = "lsilogic"
memsize = "1024"
scsi0:0.present = "TRUE"
scsi0:0.fileName = "Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (experimental).vmdk"
ide1:0.present = "TRUE"
ide1:0.fileName = "F:"
ide1:0.deviceType = "cdrom-raw"
floppy0.autodetect = "TRUE"
ethernet0.present = "TRUE"
ethernet0.virtualDev = "e1000"
ethernet0.wakeOnPcktRcv = "FALSE"
usb.present = "TRUE"
ehci.present = "TRUE"
sound.present = "TRUE"
sound.fileName = "-1"
sound.autodetect = "TRUE"
svga.autodetect = "TRUE"
pciBridge0.present = "TRUE"
mks.keyboardFilter = "allow"
displayName = "Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition"
guestOS = "longhorn-64"
nvram = "Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (experimental).nvram"
deploymentPlatform = "windows"
virtualHW.productCompatibility = "hosted"
tools.upgrade.policy = "useGlobal"
ide1:0.autodetect = "FALSE"
floppy0.fileName = "A:"
extendedConfigFile = "Windows Server 2008 x64 Edition (experimental).vmxf"
floppy0.present = "FALSE"
ethernet0.addressType = "generated"
uuid.location = "56 4d 39 21 5c 33 ca 63-f9 5a 6c 75 f9 f6 76 c5"
uuid.bios = "56 4d 39 21 5c 33 ca 63-f9 5a 6c 75 f9 f6 76 c5"
scsi0:0.redo = ""
pciBridge0.pciSlotNumber = "17"
scsi0.pciSlotNumber = "16"
ethernet0.pciSlotNumber = "32"
sound.pciSlotNumber = "33"
ehci.pciSlotNumber = "34"
ethernet0.generatedAddress = "00:0c:29:f6:76:c5"
ethernet0.generatedAddressOffset = "0"
ide1:0.startConnected = "TRUE"
tools.syncTime = "FALSE"

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Naga Bhanu Kiran Kota


Hyper-v is the virtualization layer provided by Windows 2008 OS while vmware ESX server the same kind of OS provided by VMware.

I had been able to install ESX server as a virtual machine on vmware workstation running on windows and then also created a virtual machine inside that ESX virtual machine.

Now coming what you are trying to do, you are more are less trying to make hyper-v work inside a virtual machine. Which is not possible. As Hyper-v tries to create a virtualization layer before the real OS kernal boots and it tries to check the BIOS for VT support.

As this is not a physical machine and the BIOS provided by VMware to the Virtual machines created not designed to enable that option, it will not work.

As for the three lines you can paste them anywhere that should not be any issue.

That is something i have suggested to try. But i think this will not work.

I rather have installed my windows 2008 on the second partition to get some handson on hyper-v


Thank you very much for giving the idea.
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As you provide solution same  Error snap attach

Server manager has detected that the processor on this computer is not compatible
with Hyper-v to install this role
the processor must have a supported version of hardware-assisted virtualization,
and that feature must be turned on in the bios.
Naga Bhanu Kiran Kota

hi saqib,

to know if the processor supports hyper-v check out this link and install the intel utility to verify


if you are asking whether you can install hyper-v on a VM running inside ESX then it is not possible.

if your question is different then post a new question with the hardware specs and what you are trying to achieve and post the link for the question here so that i can check and answer the same