• Status: Solved
  • Priority: Medium
  • Security: Public
  • Views: 686
  • Last Modified:

VMWare ESX 3i and Windows Server 2008 x64

I just installed ESX 3i on an IBM x3500 and am trying to installed Win Server 2008 64-bit on a virtual machine I created.  I am able to point to a iso image and it begins to load but when it finishes loading the DVD it stops.  I tried this same process for the 32-bit Win2008 and it loads without any problems and begins the install process.  I have been working on this all day and cannot get it to boot / install a 64-bit version of Windows Server 2008 and have run out of ideas.
Intel VT is 'Auto' in the BIOS.
Any suggestions would be greatbly appreciated.
0
Don Coleman
Asked:
Don Coleman
  • 5
  • 4
2 Solutions
 
nappy_dCommented:
Can you confirm if BIOS has Intel VM mode enabled under cpu settings. This is disabled by default and vmware needs this to be enalbed in order to run 64bit Guests.                            
0
 
Don ColemanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Yes. The Intel VM is set to 'Auto'.
0
 
nappy_dCommented:
Have you check the VMWare HCL? I don't see your server listed.  Even though it works.
0
 [eBook] Windows Nano Server

Download this FREE eBook and learn all you need to get started with Windows Nano Server, including deployment options, remote management
and troubleshooting tips and tricks

 
Don ColemanOwnerAuthor Commented:
I checked VMWare's website and it states that the 7977 with dual core is supported. Not familar with HCL?
0
 
nappy_dCommented:
HCL is VMWare's Hardware Compatability List.  I was basing my comment on the model IBM x3500 statement. When I looked this up on the VMware HCL db, I did not see it listed.
0
 
Don ColemanOwnerAuthor Commented:
I checked VMWare's website and it states that the 7977 with dual core is supported. Not familar with HCL?
0
 
nappy_dCommented:
Have you tried masking your CPU?
0
 
Don ColemanOwnerAuthor Commented:
I am sure what masking my CPU is?  
Additional information:
I removed one of the processors and all worked well.  I got both Win2008 x64 guests installed using a single processor with no problems.  I re-installed the other processor and it fails again.
I initially thought it was a processor stepping problem but further analysis determined that both processors are the same.
This is truly oddest problem I have seen in a while.  
0
 
Don ColemanOwnerAuthor Commented:
Problem was the processsors were not the same stepping level.  Replacing one of the processors with same stepping level resolved the problem.
0

Featured Post

Free Tool: SSL Checker

Scans your site and returns information about your SSL implementation and certificate. Helpful for debugging and validating your SSL configuration.

One of a set of tools we are providing to everyone as a way of saying thank you for being a part of the community.

  • 5
  • 4
Tackle projects and never again get stuck behind a technical roadblock.
Join Now