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Enable/Install Hyper-V

Installing Hyper-V Role using ServerManagerCMD.exe

ServerManagerCMD.exe –query -
servermanagercmd.exe -install Hyper-V

Installing Hyper-V Role using PowerShell

Import-Module servermanager
Add-WindowsFeature Hyper-V
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V –All
Disable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V-All

Installing Hyper-V Role using OCSetup (Packet Manager)

Start /w ocsetup Microsoft-Hyper-V

Enable and Disable Hyper-V using DISM Command at elevated cmd prompt

dism.exe /Online /Enable-Feature:Microsoft-Hyper-V /All
dism.exe /Online /Disable-Feature:Microsoft-Hyper-V-All

Powershell install Hyper-V feature

Verified: Windows 10 Pro

Optional: Setup the Disk to allow the hypervisor <syntaxhighlightjs lang="powershell">

  1. BCDEDIT /Set `{current`} hypervisorlaunchtype auto


Install Hyper-V feature <syntaxhighlightjs lang="powershell"> Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V -All #PS1 DISM /Online /Enable-Feature /All /FeatureName:Microsoft-Hyper-V #CMD </syntaxhighlightjs> Restart is required

Allow Hyper-V and VirtualBox to coexist

Allow Hyper-V and VirtualBox to coexist by creating Windows Boot entries. Hyper-V is enabled during boot process, so creating a additional BCDEDIT entry will be the solution. Open PS in Admin mode, and run as follows: <syntaxhighlightjs lang="powershell"> C:>bcdedit #get all entries Windows Boot Manager

identifier {bootmgr} device partition=\Device\HarddiskVolume1 path \EFI\Microsoft\Boot\bootmgfw.efi description Windows Boot Manager locale en-US inherit {globalsettings} default {current} resumeobject {9d2ba249-1e98-11e9-b631-e7f466ad9adb} displayorder {current} toolsdisplayorder {memdiag} timeout 30

Windows Boot Loader

identifier {current} device partition=C: path \WINDOWS\system32\winload.efi description Windows 10 locale en-US inherit {bootloadersettings} recoverysequence {9d2ba24c-1e98-11e9-b631-e7f466ad9adb} displaymessageoverride Recovery recoveryenabled Yes isolatedcontext Yes allowedinmemorysettings 0x15000075 osdevice partition=C: systemroot \WINDOWS resumeobject {9d2ba249-1e98-11e9-b631-e7f466ad9adb} nx OptIn bootmenupolicy Standard

  1. Create a new entry by coping {current} context

C:>bcdedit /copy '{current}' /d "Windows 10 - No hypervisor" The entry was successfully copied to {9d2ba24e-1e98-11e9-b631-e7f466ad9adb}.

  1. Set hypervisorlaunchtype off. Allowed values on | off | auto

C:>bcdedit /set {9d2ba24e-1e98-11e9-b631-e7f466ad9adb} hypervisorlaunchtype off #use guid from the previous command output The operation completed successfully. </syntaxhighlightjs> In order to access the new boot menu:

  • restart and hold down shift on the keyboard while clicking Restart with the mouse
  • on a boot menu select Use another operating system > Windows 10 - No hypervisor

Anoter option is to enable/disable Hyper-V feature

  1. Open the command prompt as an Administrator.
  2. Run the command with no argument: bcdedit
  3. After you run the above command, you will see that the property hypervisorlaunchtype is set Auto by default.
  4. Disable Hyper-V by running the command: bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off
  5. Restart your PC system to use VirtualBox.
  6. To turn Hyper-V back on, run the command: bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype auto
  7. You will need to reboot the system to use Hyper-V.

Automatic Virtual Machine Activation


  • The Hyper-V host is a Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition.
  • The VMs are running Windows Server 2012 R2, thus only the below three editions can get activated by AVMA
    • Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard
    • Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter
    • Windows Server 2012 R2 Essentials
  • The Hyper-V host is activated. (It can be activated using any of your regular activation mechanisms like MAK, OEM or KMS.)
  • The Guest VMs have AVMA client key installed on it
slmgr /ipk <AVMA_key>

AVMA keys

Datacenter Y4TGP-NPTV9-HTC2H-7MGQ3-DV4TW
Essentials K2XGM-NMBT3-2R6Q8-WF2FK-P36R2

Force VM to activate

slmgr /ato

Nesting virtualisation providers

Hypervisor: Vmware Tools / Vmplayer on Windows

Nested provider: Oracle Virtualbox on Ubuntu

Virtual box will throw following error if you do not enable in VMWare Virtual Machine Settings > Processor > Virtualize Intel VT-x/EPT or AMD-V/RVI

Failed to open a session for the virtual machine vagranttest_1371583212.
VT-x is not available. (VERR_VMX_NO_VMX).
Result Code: NS_ERROR_FAILURE (0x80004005)
Component: Console
Interface: IConsole {db7ab4ca-2a3f-4183-9243-c1208da92392}

Hypervisor: Virtualbox

VirtualBox 6.x
VirtualBox 6.x Nested virtualization, VT-x/AMD-V in the guest
prior version <6.x
Oracle Virtualbox can nest only 32bit systems, therefore you cannot run Hyper-V hypervisor on it as it would require 64-bit Windows OS. Often this is signalled by following error message "VM-server-#### failed to start. Failed to start the virtual machine 'VM-server-####' because one of Hyper-V components is not running."