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.