Am using VMware-server-2.0.2-203138 within Server 2008 to create a Windows XP virtual machine; however, the virtual machine gets "stuck" (see the screenshot) and doesn't progress any further

Am using VMware-server-2.0.2-203138 within Server 2008 to create a Windows XP virtual machine; however, the virtual machine gets stuck at the Powering on state (see the screenshot) and won't progress any further.

I have a Windows XP CD in my DVD ROM drive that I want to use to load the Windows XP operating system into a VMWare virtual machine. The CD ROM drive spins up, but never progresses and begins the Windows XP setup (this Windows XP CD is bootable-I have verified this by using it to install Windows XP on the same computer in another partition.

Also, I have tried pressing the F2 button to enter the VMWare BIOS to make sure that the boot order is set correctly and that it will boot up off of the CD, but I am never able to enter the BIOS.

I have followed the instructrions from the VMware-server-2.0.2-203138 manual to set up this virtual Windows XP operating system (both from using the Windows XP CDs and from using a Windows XP ISO file), but I always get stuck at this point.

As you can see, I have already tried this three times, and every time, the process always gets stuck at 95%.

What can I do to resolve this problem so that I will be able to successfully load Windows XP as a VMWare virtual operating system?
IT GuyNetwork EngineerAsked:
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Not had much experience with VMWare Server, but quite a bit with ESX3 & 3.5

Check the summary Tab.  Sometimes when newly added VM's are powered up, you need to answer a dialogue box that pops up.
IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:

I looked at the summary tab (see the screenshot), but don't see anything out of the ordinary.

What else should I check for?
Are you able to launch the vmware client to connect to "s8", rather than using the web client?
IT GuyNetwork EngineerAuthor Commented:

How would I launch the VMWare client?

When I click on the VMWare icon, it redirects me to the VMWare web client.
vmwarun - ArunCommented:
Both VMware Server and VMware ESX are two different products.
VMware Server 2.0 does not have a vSphere or VI Client like ESX, you have to use Web Access to control your Virtual Machines.

1.Are you using Windows Server 2008 R2 or Windows Server 2008 ?
2.Try to allocate 2 GB of RAM to the Windows XP Guest VM and check whether you are able to boot.
3.What is you Host (Windows Server 2008) Hardware Configuration ?


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