VM on VM: Enable Hyper-V role on Windows Server 2012 inside VMWare

If you ever tried to install Windows Server 2012/R2 on VMWare Workstation, and enable the Hyper-V role, you would have probably encountered the following error:

Hyper-V cannot be installed: A hypervisor is already running

The trick to allowing this Hyper-V on VMware is in two settings:

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Resizing your VMWare Disk in 12 Steps

Every now and then I need to resize my VMWare Server disks.

The is the easiest and least troublesome way, from my experience, is to use GParted Live (Gnome Partition Editor)

Prep Work:

1. Download GParted (Gnome Partition Editor) Live (http://sourceforge.net/projects/gparted/files/gparted-live-stable/). It is an iso file that we will mount to our vm

2. Locate where your vmware-vdiskmanager.exe is. It would typically reside in the install folder, for example:

 C:Program Files (x86)VMwareVMware Servervmware-vdiskmanager.exe

3. Note the path to your virtual disk (vmdk). For example:

 vmware-vdiskmanager.exe -x 20GB "C:Virtual MachinesSQL2005SP3
  Windows Server 2003 Enterprise EditionWindows Server 2003 Enterprise Edition.vmdk"

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Step by Step Guide to Creating a SQL Server VM Using VMWare

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I typically use SQL Server VMs for my development and administration classes. I want the students to have full autonomy over the machines they are using, so that they can try out different features and configurations without worrying about wrecking a whole lab machine.

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