Is it possible to use VMware Workstation in Windows 10 Pro or Windows Server 2016 guest inside Hyper-V? I've heard of Windows Hypervisor platform and Hyper-V integration. But does it apply to Hyper-V guests or only to the Hyper-V host?

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It is not recommended to do this in a Production environment, but with the newest versions of Hyper-V and VMware, you can do this.

VMware Workstation V16.1 released 11/20/2020.

With prior versions of these apps it was not possible, so this is a bit of a work in progress.


From time to time, we need to test something in our infrastructure. Production is not good idea for this, so we build a test environment. Sometimes, such tests may require changes in the hypervisor, which we want to avoid in the production. In such cases, we can work on dedicated test hardware or we can virtualize. Virtualization nesting can be helpful for development, getting familiar with new technologies, new product versions or learning purposes where we can easily simulate our production environment. Recently, Microsoft released Windows Server 2016 with a lot of cool stuff around virtualization like Nano Server, Storage Spaces Direct, Shielded VMs and many, many more. If you want to test these new features, you can virtualize it.

  • OP wants Workstation inside of Hyper-V, not Hyper-V inside of Workstation, which isn't supported/possible and is not what you linked to. Hyper-V and Workstation can run concurrently on the host, but there is still no support to run Workstation in a nested Hyper-V VM.
    – essjae
    Nov 24, 2020 at 18:00
  • There is some support starting with VMware V16 . That is, there is some interoperability appearing. Work in Progress .
    – John
    Nov 24, 2020 at 18:04

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