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Create a Lab for Vmware, Citrix and Hyper-V

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Hello Experts!
I have only one strong server and I need to build a lab using ESX, XenServer and Hyper-V over Windows 2012.
Does exist a way to install ESX, XenServer and Hyper-V making something like a triple boot to start one server at the time?
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You can run Hyper-V under ESXi.

If its for lab use only.

http://www.veeam.com/blog/nesting-hyper-v-with-vmware-workstation-8-and-esxi-5.html

http://www.vcritical.com/2011/07/vmware-vsphere-can-virtualize-itself/#comment-12442

http://www.virtuallyghetto.com/2011/07/how-to-enable-support-for-nested-64bit.html

ESXi can be installed on a USB/SD card, but you would still need to use storage, which could be NAS or SAN, if you have any other resources.
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Thanks hanccocka!
But I need to run every one separated.
I have a Nimbus NAS with SSD attached with FC
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE) earned 500 total points
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You could use three separate hard drives, install to each hard drive (ESXi and XenServer can be booted from USB/SD cards), but you will need to have three seperate datastores to store VMs.

Okay, VMs could be ALL stored on your NAS.

Do you need them ALL active at the same time?
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Thanks hanccocka!
The purpose of my lab is to show how fast can run VM's on SSD against normal 15K rpm HD.

I have only one 15K rpm HD (500 GB) on the phisycal server. I'm planning to make 3 partitions and install the 3 servers.

Im planning to create 1 VM on the 15K rpm HD and 1 VM on SSD for every environment on separated volumes and run one at the time.

So Im looking to install Windows, ESXi and XenServer on this server

Is correct my idea?
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I'm afraid what you seek is not possible.
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