How to enable nested virtualization in Parallels Desktop on macOS Big Sur

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How to use nested virtualization feature in a virtual machine?


Note: if you are running Parallels Desktop on a Mac with Apple M1 chip, please be advised that this functionality is not currently supported.


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Note: shut down the virtual machine before changing the hypervisor type.

To enable nested virtualization feature, set the hypervisor type to Parallels in the virtual machine's configuration:

  1. Open virtual machine configuration > Hardware CPU & Memory > Advanced... > set Hypervisor type to Parallels.
  2. Select the Enable Nested Virtualization option and click "OK" to enable the feature.

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