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Problem installing MS Server 2008 on ESX 3.5

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When trying to install Windows Server 2008 to a VMWare ESX 3.5 Server, I get an error during the step "Where do you want to install Windows". The installation detects that I have a disk with 25 gb of unallocated space, but when I click the button to create a new partition on the unallocated space, I get the error in the attached file ("Failed to create a new partition on the selected unused space. [Error: 0x80070001].").

I have had no luck finding anyone else online getting the same problem. We have plenty of other VM running on this VMWare server with no problem, but they are all Server 2003. This is our first attempt at 2008. I did try loading the VMWare SCSI Driver "vmscsi-1.2.0.4.flp", but I still got the same error.

Any ideas?
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by:Netman66
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Why are you attempting to create a partition there?   Simply press the Next button at this step.

Microsoft also recommends 40GB or more.  How much RAM have you allocated to this VM?



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by:zgreen
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Same error when "Next" is clicked.

"Microsoft also recommends 40GB or more." - But only requires 10 GB. The minimum is 10 so 25 should be plenty.

Memory - 1GB
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Where is the storage for this VM?  Local or on a LUN?

Also, have you fixed the RAM to 1GB or left it dynamic?  

It does sound like a controller driver issue though.  



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by:zgreen
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it on a lin.

I actually just tried setting up a server 2003 install on the Lin and got the same problem, so it doesn't appear to be related to 2008 at all. I will have to have my San admin look at the drive Monday.

Thanks.
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It could be the way it was presented.

Glad it's narrowed down now.
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Issue was caused by a permission issue on the data LUN. Windows Server 2008 could not write to the disk.
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