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Running ESXi 5.5u2 under VirtualBox 5.0.40 improvements

PostPosted: 7. Dec 2017, 11:39
by buxton
Hi,

I have managed to get ESXi 5.5u2 running under VirtualBox 5.0.40, by selecting Other/Other Linux64, 8GB RAM, 4 CPUs, PAE/NX, VT-x/AMD-V, Nested Paging, Paravirtualisation KVM, 500GB HDD, Bridged Adapter with Intel PRO/1000 T Server 82543GC.

Can the VirtualBox VM BIOS be changed to support Virtualisation as a option to allow it to be enabled?

Having managed to get ESXi to run, attempting to run any 32 or 64 bit VM results in ESXi complaining that the it is not running inside a compatible hypervisor.

When the the VirtualBox VM Bios is enhanced to offer virtualisation can the environment be enhanced to make it compatible with running ESXi.

Re: Running ESXi 5.5u2 under VirtualBox 5.0.40 improvements

PostPosted: 7. Dec 2017, 12:02
by socratis
buxton wrote:Can the VirtualBox VM BIOS be changed to support Virtualisation as a option to allow it to be enabled?

The option that you're asking for is called "nested virtualization" and everybody wishes that it was a simple "enable in the BIOS" feature. It is not. It's a really, really complicated procedure that's taking months and years to develop.

Re: Running ESXi 5.5u2 under VirtualBox 5.0.40 improvements

PostPosted: 7. Dec 2017, 17:05
by buxton
Hi,

I understand Nested Virtualisation is complicated but a very useful feature. Being able to host and ESXi server within VirtualBox, would allow for easier playing of VMs which do not readily convert to VirtualBox.

Re: Running ESXi 5.5u2 under VirtualBox 5.0.40 improvements

PostPosted: 7. Dec 2017, 17:36
by Martin
Unfortunately it doesn't seem to be requested by enough commercial customers of Oracle.