Sunday, 15 May 2011

How to install VMWare Player after Hyper-V role is enabled in Windows Server 2008

Once you enabled Hyper-V role on Windows Server 2008, you will not be able to install VMWare Player or  Server. First will complain that it cannot be installed on Windows 95, 98 or 2000 - fair enough, but totally misleading - latter will give error message noting that you have to disable Hyper-V.

It appears that you cannot run both hypervisors at the same time, but there is a light of hope.
thanks to this posting:

1) run the following "as administrator" in console - it will give you some GUID
bcdedit /copy {default} /d "No Hypervisor"

2) now copy\paste this GUID into the following:
bcdedit /set {GUID} hypervisorlaunchtype off

3) reboot - now you have a "No Hypervisor" boot option

P.S.: I also disabled all "Hyper-V ... " windows services, probably it was an overkill...

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