I am using the free version of VMWare server (version 1.0.8 build 126538) running on windows server 2003 SP2. I am needing to setup a VM to just hold a license manager for an application and have created a VM to run under window server 2003 web edition.
The problem I am having is I have a windows 2003 server web edition CD that is bootable from CD. I created an ISO image of this CD for installation on the VM (created using Nero and InfraRecorder). On the VM I add a CD device attached to the ISO image (connected at power on set to IDE 0:1 CD-ROM1). When I boot up the VM it is unable to boot up the CD image and tries a network boot up. I did set the startup options to boot to D first, and have tried hitting F2 to have it boot direct to CD. Regardless of what I do it fails to boot from CD, causing me an inability to install the windows 2003 server web edition on the VM.
Does anyone have any suggestions ont this? Am I creating the ISO incorrectly without boot options (even though the CD is bootable)? I have also tried creating a simple boot disk ISO and it fails the same way.
This is an urgent issue I need resolved - points - 500 for this one.