Nested Virtualization in Azure with StarWind Virtual SAN. Part 1: Introduction

Posted by Dmytro Malynka on September 12, 2017
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At Microsoft Build 2017, the Nested Virtualization support in Azure has been announced. Now you can enable nested virtualization using the Dv3 and Ev3 VM sizes – not a wide variety, but Microsoft is going to expand the support for more VM sizes in the upcoming months.

Azure Nested Virtualization diagram

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Therefore, not only Hyper-V containers with docker but also Hyper-V VMs can be created inside the Azure VM. So now, nested virtualization in addition to providing flexibility in development, testing, etc., also allows setting up Hyper-V cluster between on-premise and Azure. When Failover Clustering is configured utilizing StarWind Virtual SAN to handle shared storage replication across locations, the mission critical applications and services achieve maximum availability and extra redundancy.


Nested VMs are available in the following geographic locations:

  • US
    • West 2
    • East
  • Europe
    • West
  • Asia Pacific
    • Southeast

Configure Nested Virtualization

To deploy the nested virtualization in Azure, proceed with the following steps:

  1. Create the Dv3 or Ev3 series VM.
  2. Install the latest Windows Server updates.
  3. Install the Hyper-V role
  4. Configure Hyper-V Switch.
  5. Create Hyper-V VM.

Alternatively, you can use the PowerShell script written by Charles Ding, a Microsoft Engineer, to setup the nested VM.

Keep following our blog, and in the following articles, we will discuss the StarWind Hybrid Cluster configuration to emphasize tips and tricks in nested Hyper-V implementation on top of StarWind shared storage.

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Dmytro Malynka
Dmytro Malynka
Dmytro is Solutions Architect and Pre-Sales and Post-Sales Technical Engineer at StarWind. Proficient at virtualization and storage systems. Design, deployment, and support specializing. Having a keen eye for detail, Dmytro provides the most creative resolutions.