With the release of Windows Server 2016 many new features will be available, none more exciting than ‘Nested Virtualization.’
1. What is Nested Virtualization?
Hyper-V Nested Virtualization is essentially running Hyper-V inside of a Hyper-V VM. Think of it as a second layer of virtualization.
2. Why should I use Nested Virtualization?
While Nested Virtualization may seem like a very niche solution, it has a multitude of use cases and scenarios that can benefit from its offerings. Here are a few:
Test Environments – Hardware is expensive; we all know that simple truth. Leveraging Nested Virtualization in a current environment offers the segregation desired for a true testing environment while foregoing the upfront cost of dedicated hardware.
Training – Hands on training for Hyper-V is truly priceless. Utilizing Nested Virtualization can allow for an admin to walk through the base configuration of a Hyper-V cluster while mitigating any potential risks to the current production cluster.
Demos / Proof of Concepts – Again, it’s difficult to dedicate hardware for a demo or PoC when you’re running on a limited budget or short on time. Nested Virtualization allows you to configure an isolated environment without acquiring dedicated physical resources and delete it quickly when completed.
3. How do I enable Nested Virtualization?
Use the following link to access a video explaining how to enable this feature.
It’s easy to see how useful a technology like Nested Virtualization can be. Keep this feature in mind the next time you need to create an environment on a limited budget or timeframe.