VMWare Workstation Player on Azure VM for testing | Updated September 2021
I had a request to run VMWare Workstation Player on an Azure VM for some testing and labs. Challenge accepted!
Azure VM Standard E4s_v4 Gen 1 running Windows 10 2004 Enterprise
I tested it also with Windows 10 20H2 Enterprise, and since the Hyper-V mode is supported, it should run at all Windows Client & Server OSs that support nested virtualization and to all E_v4 & D_v4 Azure VM Serries.
To enable the Hyper-V Mode Support we need first to enable Hyper-V at the Windows Host via the add/remove features GUIor PowerShell
Via PowerShell Run:
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName HypervisorPlatform -All
Enable-WindowsOptionalFeature -Online -FeatureName Microsoft-Hyper-V -All
Installed VMWare Workstation Player 16.0 free for non-commercial use, download from here: VMware Workstation Player – VMware Customer Connect
After the installation, I opened the VMWare Workstation Player and I managed to set up and run a Windows 10 VM.
Pantelis Apostolidis is a Cloud Solutions Architect at Microsoft and an ex Microsoft Azure MVP. For the last 15 years, Pantelis has been involved to major cloud projects in Greece and abroad, helping companies to adopt and deploy cloud technologies, driving business value. He is entitled to a lot of Microsoft Expert Certifications, demonstrating his proven experience in delivering high quality solutions. He is an author, blogger and he is acting as a spokesperson for conferences, workshops and webinars. He is also an active member of several communities as a moderator in azureheads.gr and autoexec.gr. Follow him on Twitter @papostolidis.