Wednesday, June 6, 2012

Running Windows 2012 Server RC on ESXi 5.0 U1

If you're wanting to play with the upcomming Windows 2012 RC trial under ESXi 5.0 U1, you may find that it hangs if you're running your Virtual Machine as "Windows 8 (64 Bit)".

You need to set your Virtual Machine to "Windows 2008 R2 (64 bit) not "Windows 8 (64 Bit)". Once you make this change, it boots, and looks to run smoothly.

Vmware tools looks to install correctly, I can power up and down, and I can use the VMXNET3 network adapter in Windows. I also have the PVSCSI adapter enabled, and it looks to be running well.

I'm curious to test out it's built in iSCSI Target / clone abilities for running diskless (iSCSI Boot) Windows 7 Pro workstations.

Oh, and if you want to be able to use 2012 / Windows 8, check this site for where to find simpe things like shutdown and control panel.  I'm not sure it's wise to change such a staple of Windows useage, but it does make for a cleaner interface.

So far, I like the new interface.. we'll see how useful it is after extended use.

1 comment:

  1. Thank you, choosing 2008r2 does indeed fix the boot hang.
    Was using "microsoft windows server 8" on esxi5 build 702118 build, hung after automatic reboot during installation.