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Hey everyone! Just dropping by to quickly share with all of you a small cheat sheet of mine with all the available Azure VM Sizes that are capable of Nested Virtualization. Let’s quickly take a moment to remember what is Nested Virtualization and why and when it should be used.

Nested virtualization allows you to run a virtual machine (VM) inside another VM.


When and why should be used

By using nested virtualization, you can create more complex environments in Azure and expand your testing, development, or training capabilities.

Use cases:

  • Non-production workloads.
  • Testing purposes. Most suitable for scenarios where several hosts are required to test configurations.
  • Training. Building virtual infrastructure for educational purposes.
  • Development. Building and providing dedicated hosts to teams for Application development.

Azure VM Sizes that support Nested Virtualization

Azure supports nested virtualization on certain VM sizes that are based on processors with specific features. These VM sizes include:

Always keep an eye out for any upcoming updates/changes here.

Additional Resources


Last but not least, feel free to try out my Azure Resource Manager Template which will automate the deployment of an Azure Virtual Machine, that is pre-configured with Hyper-V and nested virtualization.

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