VMWare Workstation Player on Azure VM for testing | Updated July 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
UPDATE: It works also for Windows 10 20H2 Enterprise
Installed VMWare Workstation Player 16.0 free for non-commercial use
Tried to spin up a VM, but I got an error for Hyper-V conflict.
to solve it:
Extract the dgreadiness_v3.6.zip to a local folder and execute the following commands in a Windows Powershell with “Run as Admin” (ignore all error messages):
- .\DG_Readiness_Tool_v3.6.ps1 -enable
- .\DG_Readiness_Tool_v3.6.ps1 -disable
- bcdedit /deletevalue hypervisorlaunchtype
- bcdedit /set hypervisorlaunchtype off
- Don’t Reboot (if you reboot, you need to run all steps again).
Finally, the VMWare Workstation Player VM started and I managed to set up and run a Windows 10 VM.
UPDATE: It works also for Windows 10 20H2 Enterprise:
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