Adding a Hypervisor on Azure VM

Sheik Mohamed Yasar 105 Reputation points

Is it possible to add a hypervisor such as Hyper V or Vmware Esxi on top of an Azure VM for production environment?

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  1. Yanhong Liu 1,315 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor


    As mentioned earlier, it's feasible to run Hyper-V on Azure VMs. However, you may not be able to install VMware ESXi in an Azure VM. Reference Links: Can Azure VMs allow for nested VMWare and VirtualBox VMs? - Microsoft Q&A

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    Yanhong Liu


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  1. Anveshreddy Nimmala 2,150 Reputation points Microsoft Vendor

    Hello Sheik Mohamed Yasar,

    Welcome to microsoft Q&A, Thankyou for posting your query here.

    Yes it can done , using SKU Standard_D2s_v3 VM size that supports Nested Virtualization.

    The Standard_D2s_v3 variant is compatible with Nested Virtualization, but it's crucial to configure it to Standard security.

    When you get to the Review page, right before you click to deploy the VM, setting up this VM with the D2s_v3 model, it's mandate to select Standard security.

    This selection is available under the Basics tab during the VM's creation phase in the portal, labeled as 'azure security type : standard'.

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    Once you have the VM created you can install Hyper-V inside of it, create VMs, etc.

    please refer the link for the same.

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  2. Andreas Baumgarten 95,336 Reputation points MVP

    Hi @Sheik Mohamed Yasar ,

    at least it's possible to run Hyper-V on an Azure VM. This configuration is called "Nested Virtualization".

    There are How-To articles around in the web. One I tried my self with success is this on: How to set up Nested Virtualization in Microsoft Azure

    (If the reply was helpful please don't forget to upvote and/or accept as answer, thank you)


    Andreas Baumgarten

  3. Arzan Patel 0 Reputation points

    Yes, it is possible to add a hypervisor (Hyper V) on top of an Azure VM for production environment; however, you need to perform extra steps for routing etc. as the networking within Hyper-V on Azure is different than the traditional Hyper-V we are aware of.

    Kind regards,

    Arzan Patel

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  4. Alex Bykovskyi 1,681 Reputation points


    As already noted, it is possible to run nested hypervisor on top of Azure VM. You should choose specific instances to be able to install hypervisor.

    The following article should help with configuration:


    Alex Bykovskyi

    StarWind Software

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