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How do I install Windows 2008 on a Debian+KVM+libvirt host?

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I'm trying to install a Windows Server 2008 x86_64 guest on a Debian Lenny x86_64 host with KVM and libvirt.

All components are at the default versions from the Debian repositories, so I have KVM 72, which, according to the KVM site, can run Windows Server 32bit on 32 bit guests and Windows Server 2008 32bit and 64bit on 64bit guests.

Unfortunately, the Windows installer goes bluescreen after the initial screen (language and locale selection). As this is my first experience with virtualization, I'm at a loss as to what I need to do to troubleshoot the problem, and Internet resources seem slim.

I could use some hints, or a pointer to helpful documentation.
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The only hint I could give would be to check the virtual SCSI controller,  I can't comment any further as I'm not sure about the debian stuff.

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by:kaoma
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I've checked KVM, QEMU and libvirt docs, and I found nothing that I can check or tune about the virtual SCSI controller, so I fail to see how your hint can be turned into actionable advice.
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Turned out hardware virtualization support was disabled in BIOS settings. Once enabled, everything seems to work as it should...
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