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Running VM workstation inside a virtual windows 7 workstation

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Hello,

My situation is as following, running ESX 5.5 and have created a windows 7 workstation, 64bit guest os.  I want to install VM Workstation on the Win 7 guest OS but receive the unable to power on message.  I've seen lots of different posts on how to resolve.  I have downloaded the .vmx file to my desktop and edited it in notepad.  What lines do I need to add to it and where exactly are they added?  At the end of the config file or throughout?  Also, do I need to register the vmx file?  Please help!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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You need to create a nested VM, and pass-through Hardware Intel-VT.

vhv.enable = "true" at the end of the VMX file.

but make sure the VM is unregistered, and then alter the VMX file, and then Re-register the VM.

see this Article, which shows how to enable a Virtual Machine version 10, and enable hardware virtualisation passthrough

https://www.evanreichard.com/2013/10/28/enable-nested-virtualization-in-esxi-5-5-without-the-web-client/

Please note, note all processors in the HOST support this.

e.g. Dell 2950 do not work, but Dell R710 and R720 do.
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Thank you!!!
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