Thoughts on running hyper v test environment in parallels

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by prvt.donut, Apr 24, 2013.

  1. prvt.donut macrumors 6502a


    Jan 1, 2008
    I am planning on running a hyper v windows 2012 testing domain and was thinking to either install 2012 datacenter as a Hyper V host on a new hdd with lots of other 2012 VMs for my test enterprise domain structure or to run the initial Hyper V host in a parallels VM so that I can use my mc for other tasks at the se time as I am working on my environment.

    Does anyone have any experience with this?

    I have a hack pro, core i7 x980 with 18GB of RAM. As there will only be 1 or 2 test client machines on the domain, I doubt it will be too demanding for it, but I anticipate running about 12 2012 VMs for my test environment.

    I think I am probably better off running the Hyper V host natively and then I will have direct access to the network ports, but the idea of running the Host in a VM is quite appealing.
  2. kalex macrumors 65816

    Oct 1, 2007
    I have done it in fusion with vmware. I ran a lab in a box type of setup where i had vmware fusion running on mac pro and had virtualized esxi hosts. I ran 2 test vms on the virtual hosts and it was ok. rest of the infrastructure like domain controller, dhcp and dns, virtual center were running in vms inside of fusion not nested on virtual hosts
  3. monkeybagel macrumors 65816

    Jul 24, 2011
    United States
    VMware Fusion will allow nested VMs as said above if your processor has the correct extensions, however it can be VERY slow depending on the system you have. Also, without current VT support you will be restricted to running x86 and not x64 code in the nested VM.

    I would recommend running the hypervisor directly on the host unless you are doing a proof of concept.

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