Updated Nested ESXi 6.0u3 & 6.5d Virtual Appliances

I finally found a bit of “extra” spare time to update my Nested ESXi Virtual Appliances to support some of the recent releases of ESXi, 6.0 Update 3 and 6.5d, which enables customers to easily and quickly deploy vSAN 6.6 in their environment for testing, development or learning purposes. If you have not used this appliance before, please […]

ESXi Learnswitch – Enhancement to the ESXi MAC Learn DvFilter

The ESXi MAC Learn dvFilter Fling was released a little over two years ago and it has become a must have when it comes to running our ESXi Hypervisor within a VM, also referred to as Nested ESXi. The reason this Fling has become such a popular hit amongst our customers and partners is that […]

Nested ESXi Enhancements in vSphere 6.5

As many of you have probably heard by now, vSphere 6.5 was just announced at VMworld Barcelona this week and it is packed with a ton of new features and capabilities which you can read more about here. One area that is near and dear to me and has not been covered are some of […]

VM serial logging to the rescue for capturing Nested ESXi PSOD

I frequently deploy pre-releases of our software to help test and provide early feedback to our Engineering teams. One piece of software that I deploy some what frequently is our ESXi Hypervisor and the best way to deploy it, is of course inside of a Virtual Machine or commonly referred to as Nested ESXi. Most recently while testing a new ESXi build […]

vSphere 6.0 Update 2 hints at Nested ESXi support for Paravirtual SCSI (PVSCSI) in the future

Although Nested ESXi (running ESXi in a Virtual Machine) is not officially supported today, VMware Engineering continues to enhance this widely used feature by making it faster, more reliable and easier to consume for our customers. I still remember that it was not too long ago that if you wanted to run Nested ESXi, several non-trivial and manual tweaks to the VM’s VMX […]