How do I know what size Azure VM supports nested virtualization?

David 41 Reputation points
2022-04-15T00:11:52.363+00:00

I guess I am looking for documentation that doesn't seem to exist.

I need to spin up a VM on which I will be running a docker application.
This requires nested virtualization.
The VM size I picked does not appear to support it.

All I can find it some old docs saying that it is enabled on an older Size.
How do I find the availability for the current set of available sizes?

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  1. Devaraj G 2,091 Reputation points
    2022-04-15T04:19:29.733+00:00

    Hi David,

    Dv3 and Ev3 VM sizes supports the nested virtualisation.

    https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-the-new-dv3-and-ev3-vm-sizes/

    https://azure.microsoft.com/en-gb/blog/nested-virtualization-in-azure/

    Also you can looks for machine type in azure docs to find if the nested virtualisation is supported.

    Ex:
    https://learn.microsoft.com/en-us/azure/virtual-machines/dcv3-series

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  1. Tin Tse 25 Reputation points
    2023-01-21T03:45:08.9433333+00:00

    Perhaps adding a filter options in azure portal when creating a VM? I don't want to spend time searching for this post to find what type of vm supports nested virtualization every time I create a new VM.

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  2. Andriy Bilous 11,176 Reputation points
    2022-04-15T04:30:26.273+00:00

    Hello @David

    Azure supports nested virtualization only on new sizes that introduce Hyper-Threading Technology running on the Intel processors
    Here is a list of Azure VM Sizes that support Nested Virtualization:

    • D_v3
    • Ds_v3
    • Dv4
    • Dsv4
    • Ddv4
    • Ddsv4
    • E_v3
    • Es_v3
    • Ev4
    • Esv4
    • Edv4
    • Edsv4
    • F2s_v2 – F72s_v2
    • FX4 – FX48
    • M

    The VM sizes mentioned above, are the current ones that support nested virtualization. List could be updated in future, please see documentation

    https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/nested-virtualization-in-azure/
    https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/blog/introducing-the-new-dv3-and-ev3-vm-sizes/
    https://www.markou.me/2020/05/which-azure-vm-sizes-support-nested-virtualization/

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  3. Scott McArthur 5 Reputation points
    2023-06-02T21:39:41.1033333+00:00

    this is not working at all using any size i have literally tried them all

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  4. Anju K Prabhakaran 5 Reputation points
    2023-06-16T08:49:54.17+00:00
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