Since I put a little video together showing how to configure ESX4, to run ESX4 inside a VM – I’ve been overwhelmed by people asking if there other “hidden” parameters to be found the VMX associated with virtualizing ESX. Yes, there – but I shouldn’t really tell you – because I’ve been told not to. But what the heck, just don’t ask me who told me this. OK? It would be extraordinary rendition time!
monitor_control.vmk_segments = true
monitor_control.vt32 = true
monitor_control.enable_svm = true
monitor_control.restrict_backdoor = true
monitor.virtual_mmu = hardware
monitor.virtual_exec = hardware
vmx.allowNested = true
These settings are put in the VMX of the virtualized ESX host, and what’s sometimes referred to as the nested guest (the VM that runs on virtualized ESX host – yes, I know it makes my head hurts sometimes too – a bit like thinking about the realities of Dr Who’s Tardis). Some are specifically Intel based (monitor_control.vt32) and others AMD (monitor_control.enable_svm) based. However, I’ve been told if you input them all what ever the process type you power on the VM on it should work. Remember for some features of the nested guest to work (like VMware Tools) you will need Intel-VT and AMD-V.