Possible to dual boot between VMware & Server 2016?

Is it possible to setup a dual boot between VMware and the Server 2016 OS?
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Scott SilvaNetwork AdministratorCommented:
Why? You can just run Server 2016 under vmware... It really doesn't add much overhead...
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It's not recommended, as ESXi is a Bare Metal OS, and the VMFS partition cannot be read by Server 2016. I have seen UEFI BOOT solutions, which can BOOT either, but you need a custom Boot Manager.

Decide if you want to use ESXi or 2016 (Hyper-V)
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IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:
This will be setup where VMWare will be installed on a separate array from the Server 2016 server OS. Neither OS will try to read from the other's disks.
This will only be setup on a test system.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
still need somewhere to write the boot loader...
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Mal OsborneAlpha GeekCommented:
Should be possible.

If you have two drives (or arrays), it should be possible to tweak the boot order in firmware, rather than having a boot loader that lets you select.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
or, just install ESXi to USB flash drive or SD card, and BOOT from USB! ESXi should not really be installed on spinny disk anywhere, it's designed to run embedded from flash drive.

create then a datastore VMFS on the RAID array... (just don't write or init it from Windoze)

remove it, or boot from hard drive when you want to run 2016!
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Ajay ChananaMCSE-2003/08|RHCSA| VCP5/6 |vExpert2018Commented:
You may always switch the boot order by pressing f12 why your system boots.
Install ESXi on USB and windows sever on HDD ,   flip your choices as per your requirement.
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