You can expose full CPU virtualization to the guest operating system so that applications that require hardware virtualization can run on virtual machines without binary translation or paravirtualization.

Verify that the virtual machine compatibility is ESXi 5.1 and later.

Intel Nehalem Generation (Xeon Core i7) or later processors or AMD Opteron Generation 3 (Greyhound) or later processors.

Verify that Intel VT-x or AMD-V is enabled in the BIOS so that hardware assisted virtualization is possible.

Required Privileges: Virtual machine.Configuration.Settings set on the vCenter Server system.


Right-click the virtual machine and select Edit Settings.


To locate a virtual machine, select a datacenter, folder, cluster, resource pool, host, or vApp.


Click the Related Objects tab and click Virtual Machines.


On the Virtual Hardware tab, expand CPU, and select Expose hardware-assisted virtualization to guest OS.


Click OK.

The Manage tab refreshes, and the Nested Hypervisor CPU option shows Enabled.