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Hyper-V Nested Virtualization? In Windows 10?!

The title of this article was my reaction when I saw the news.  And I was even more excited when I read that I already have the Windows 10 Insider fast ring preview installed (build 10565) that will allow me to try it out!  Considering that my work machine I have installed it on (not usually recommended for production work.. but I’m stupid like that) is a Surface Pro 3 with limited disk space, I know I’ll have to use a USB 3-connected drive for hosting the VM disk/disks, but heck.. my first meeting today isn’t ‘til 1:30pm and I don’t feel like going to the gym.  …at least not when there are cool things to try like nesting Hyper-V virtual machines!

I hadn’t even tried Hyper-V with one VM on Windows 10 yet, so using an old DOS-installed (benefit: small hard disk) machine, I booted up my Duke Nukem demo.

..."And I'm all outta gum!"
Step one – Accomplished.  …But only after shutting down some other apps and watching the Explorer process die and restart.  (yeah.. I know.. “stupid like that”)

I think what I may have to do, in order to deal with the limited memory and disks resources I’m dealing with, is to create a VM running Hyper-V Server, and then run Duke as a VM inside that VM.  Geeky-cool.

I’m going to post this article now.  Watch this blog for my step-by-step on how (or if) I got my nested Hyper-V virtualization to work.  And if you’re curious, try it yourself…
The Virtualization Blog – Windows Insider Preview: Nested Virtualization

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Kevin is an engaging and highly sought-after speaker and webcaster who has landed several times on Microsoft's top 10 webcast list, and has delivered many top-scoring TechNet events and webcasts. In his past outside of Microsoft, Kevin has held positions such as software engineer, information systems professional, and information systems manager. He loves sharing helpful new solutions and technologies with his IT professional peers.

A prolific blogger, Kevin shares his thoughts, ideas and tips on his “Full of I.T.” blog (http://aka.ms/FullOfIT). He also contributes to and moderates the TechNet Forum IT Manager discussion (http://aka.ms/ITManager), and presents live TechNet Events throughout the central U.S. (http://www.technetevents.com). When he's not busy learning or blogging about new technologies, Kevin enjoys digital photography and videography, and sings in a band. (Q: Midlife crisis? A: More cowbell!) He continues to challenge his TechNet Event audiences to sing Karaoke with him.