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Run Server 2008 R2 on VMware 3.0.1

kevlause
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We have an older VMware server at a remote site still running 3.0.1. Server 2008 isn't listed as a "supported" operating system in the drop down list when you create a new VM. Does anyone know if it will actually run if I try to install it on there? I'd like to do 63bit but I guess 32 would be fine. It's just going to be a domain controller.
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Top Expert 2010
Commented:
You can probably install it, but you more than likely won't be able to install VMware Tools. The main reason for the OS selections you see is to verify the VMware Tools install that is needed for the guest you create. The only way to know for sure is do a test install. If your host is not 64bit compatible, you won't be able to run/install the 64bit ver of 2K8...only the 32bit.

Regards,
~coolsport00
When you want to deploy any Guest OS, use the VMware Compatibility Guide to
pre-check. Windows Server 2008 R2 cannot be installed on ESX 3.0.1.
http://tinyurl.com/2cfope8 
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
In further checking VMware's site, I wasn't seeing anything specific to that ESX version and VMware Tools:
http://packages.vmware.com/tools/esx/index.html
(general info: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/340 and http://www.vmware.com/download/packages.html)

You can try to download the Tools pkg under the ESX4U2 listing, but not sure that will work. But, it all is probably for not since that OS isn't found under the HCL, as Arun mentions.

~coolsport00

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Commented:
I was looking all over for the compatibility guide. I guess I need to learn to use the internet. Thank you for the help!
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Certainly; and just as an FYI...that Compatibility Guide isn't too intuitive to figure out. You have to play with it a bit :)

~coolsport00