Installing Hyper V in VMware Workstation 9

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Installing Hyper V in VMware Workstation 8 was tricky. With the release of VMware Workstation 9, VMware has added Hyper V in guest operating system list. VMware Workstation 9 now allows you to run Windows 8 with Hyper V enabled. Similarly, the workstation allows you to install Windows Hyper V Server as virtual machine. Today I will show steps to install Hyper V in VMware Workstation 9. The way of creating and installing virtual machines in VMware Workstation 9 is similar as previous version i.e. Workstation 8. With release of Server 2012, Microsoft have improved Hypver V server role. You can also install Hyper V in Server 2012 easily. But here I will demonstrate Hyper V installation on Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise Edition on virtual machine in VMware Workstation 9. So let’s get started.

Installing Hyper V in VMware Workstation 9

At first, we have to install Windows Server 2008 R2 virtual machine in VMware Workstation. Open VMware Workstation 9. Click File on the Menu bar and select New Virtual Machine. Choose Custom option and click Next button. Choose hardware compatibility as workstation 9 from the drop down menu and click Next button.

Installing Hyper V in VMware Workstation 9

Choose I will install operating system later from the options and click Next button.

Choose Operating System

Choose Microsoft Windows as Guest Operating System and select Hyper-V as version from the list. Click Next button. 

Select Hyper V

Type the name of the virtual machine and click Next button. Select the number of processors and cores per processor. Click Next button.

Installing Hyper V in VMware Workstation 9

Allocate the amount of memory for the virtual machine and click Next.

Memory Allocation

Choose the Network Type and click Next button. I will choose NAT option from the Network Connection lists. 

Network Type

Now select the I/O controllers. Choose LSI Logic SAS under SCSI Controller and click Next button.


Select Create a new virtual hard disk and click Next button. Choose SCSI as virtual disk type and click Next button. On specify disk capacity box, allocate the amount of disk space for this virtual machine. You might want to give it more than 80GB because you will be installing nested virtual machine in this virtual machine. Browse the location to store the disk file and click Next button. You can now view your configuration and click Finish button.

Virtual Machine Ready

Once again click Edit Virtual Machine and select Hardware tab. Select processors from the device list and check the Intel-VT option. If your processor doesn’t support Intel-VT technology then you won’t be able to install Hyper V. 

Intel VT

Now select CD/DVD (IDE) option from the device list and locate the installation ISO image of Windows Server 2008 R2. Don’t forget to check connect at power on option. 

Locate Installation Disk

Now power on the virtual machine and start installing Windows Server 2008 R2.

Installing Windows Server 2008

After installing Windows Server 2008 R2, install VMware tools and restart the machine. Now start installing Hyper V role. Open Server Manager and click Add Roles. Select Hyper V and click Next. You will need to restart the server in order to complete the installation. Now restart the server and finish the installation of Hyper V role. After completing the installation of Hyper V, download and install the Hotfix for Windows Server 2008 R2. If you do not install this fix, then you might get this error,

Installing Hyper V in VMware Workstation 9

I am using Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise version 6.1.7600 Build 7600. After installing the hotfix update, restart the virtual machine. You have now installed Hyper V successfully. Now configure Hyper V to install Windows XP virtual machine. 

Open Hyper V Manager console. Connect to the local server and click OK.

connect to server

Now create a new virtual machine by click New on the actions pane on the right and selecting virtual machine.

New Virtual Machine

Type the name of the virtual machine and click Next button. Allocate the memory for this virtual machine and click Next button. Then configure the Networking parameters and click Next button. Now give the size for virtual disk. Here I will give 30GB.

virtual disk

Click Next, Choose your option for the installation media.

install boot media

I will choose to boot from CD/DVD and select the physical drive. Now click Finish button. Now right click the virtual machine and click connect. Click the start button. You can now see the installation of Windows XP.

Windows Setup

You have successfully installed Hyper V server inside the VMware Workstation 9.

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Bipin is a freelance Network and System Engineer with expertise on Cisco, Juniper, Microsoft, VMware, and other technologies. You can hire him on UpWork. Bipin enjoys writing articles and tutorials related to Network technologies. Some of his certifications are, MCSE:Messaging, JNCIP-SEC, JNCIS-ENT, and others.

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