How To Install Proxmox Nested on VMware ESXi (Full Support OpenVZ & KVM)

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I have a machine with operating system VMware ESXi with RAM 16 GB and one harddrive 300 GB. Proxmox VE 3.4 just release and i want to try to install the new Proxmox VE. Caused Proxmox VE is baremetal OS, all my data would be removed if direct install to my machine. I do not want all data on my VMware ESXi removed caused install Proxmox VE. Finally i am try to install Proxmox VE on top VMware ESXi.

Proxmox has been installed, but i am cannot use KVM mode and only can create OpenVZ. It is because my Proxmox VE not have Virtualization Technology such as Intel-VT/AMD-V. I am also get error message like below while try to use KVM

TASK ERROR: No accelerator found!

For using hardware virtualization even though on top VMware, this is what i do for my Proxmox VM. In this section i am using VMware vClient for remote access.

– Shutdown Proxmox VM if status running

– Select Proxmox VM | Summary | Right click on datastore that used and select Browse Datastore


– Select folder name Proxmox VM and download file with extension vmx. Save the file. Example on Desktop folder


– Open extension VMX file using Wordpad application (do not use Notepad)

– Add the following line at the bottom

vhv.enable = "TRUE"

– Save and upload again VMX file to the folder name Proxmox VM

– Run again Proxmox VM and run the following command after login to Proxmox whether has been supported Virtualization or not

egrep -c '(vmx|svm)' /proc/cpuinfo

If the result of the above command is zero (0), your Proxmox is not support Virtualization. If the result is 1 or more, your Proxmox has been supported Virtualization.

Finally i can install VM on Proxmox with KVM mode even though Proxmox on top VMware 😀

Good luck and hopefully useful 😀


  1. Thanks for the tip!

    Instead of editing the vmx file, you could just go to:
    proxmox vm
    edit settings
    configuration parameters
    then add vhv.enable = true

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