We are having issues trying to install Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition using VMWare.

We are trying to use VMWare to install Windows Server 2003 Standard Edition.  The problem is that we don't have the CD and we are trying to do this remotely for a client.  We created a copy of the CD on the server and i think that was my initial problem.  I should have used WinIso or somthing to create the iso image from the original disk instead of the copied one on the server because it's not booting correctly.  So my question is, what to do now?
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Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
Your diagnosis is correct - as with a real machine you need a bootable cd or iso image. You then simply point the CD drive at the image (or real CD) and proceed as on a normal machine.
what version of vmware are you using? in either case the simplest method is to copy an ISO image to the vmware host and point your virtual machine to that ISO use something like magiciso or Roxio
armstrongsolutionsAuthor Commented:
so what we are doing now, since we don't have access to getting the original cd for 2 days is trying to make the copied files of the original cd work and boot up w/n vmware.  do you think that's doable?  we've even uploaded a copy of another cd from offsite but then we run into licensing issues because it's not the same product key.  if there's a solution to get that copied cd on our server hdd to boot w/n vmware, i'm open for suggestions.

thanks for your help...
armstrongsolutionsAuthor Commented:
VMware Server 1.04 is what we are using.  You think that's an issue?
Brian PiercePhotographerCommented:
The version of VMWARE is not an issue - You need a bootable CD or ISO file and that's an end to it.
If you have a CD of the same version of Windows Server you can use that and the original licence key - that is OK - otherwise you have no option but to wait 2 days, get the original CD and use that (or an ISO copy of it).

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