Linux as a Virtual Machine for Windows 11 on Parallels Desktop for Mac Pro

Discussion in 'Linux Virtual Machine' started by GabrielaS2, Sep 17, 2023.

  1. GabrielaS2

    GabrielaS2 Bit poster

    I am currently using windows 11 over the Parallels Desktop for MacBook Pro. I am working with the software SNAP (ESA, for remote sensing) and there is a Plug In that requires me to run a line in a Linux terminal. I already tried installing a VM and also the solution of enabling a subsystem in windows, and none worked out. Either the installer cannot be opened or there is an error like: "enable the Virtual Machine Platform Windows feature and ensure virtualization is enabled in the BIOS". Is there an easy solution for running Linux on Windows over Parallels on a Mac?

    Thanks in advance
  2. Mikhail Ushakov

    Mikhail Ushakov Parallels Team

    We do have this feature, but it can be enabled only in Parallels Desktop Pro/Business Edition running on a Mac with an Intel processor:
  3. GabrielaS2

    GabrielaS2 Bit poster

    Thank you for the quick answer. I sadly have a Macbook with an M2 Chip.. Is there a solution in this case?
  4. Adeboye Adeotan

    Adeboye Adeotan Staff Member

    Hello GabrielaS2,

    Nested virtualization on M2 Macs is primarily a hardware limitation of the M2 chip rather than a software limitation that could be resolved through a simple update from Apple or Parallels.

    The M2 chip, based on the ARM architecture, does not natively support nested virtualization.

    Nested virtualization on M2 Macs is not supported due to the hardware limitations of the M2 chip. However, it's worth noting that hardware capabilities and software advancements may evolve over time, so it's always recommended to check for the latest updates and announcements Parallels regarding virtualization features on M2 Macs by subscribing to this article:
  5. JamesF23

    JamesF23 Member

    Of course you could try building a separate Linux virtual machine instead of using virtualization within virtualization. No matter how powerful the hardware, virtualization within virtualization takes a performance hit.

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