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I just installed ESXi 4.0 on a poweredge 2970 Server and I keep getting an issue when attempting to load an operating system.  

I can get into vSphere alright, but when I attempt to load an o/s onto one of the VM's, I get the following:

unknown keyword in config file

then after this error, it keeps on going and then it prompts for the following:


local boot from disk 0
windows PE
Unit9
reboot pc

Any suggestions?

If I was to contact Dell would they be able to assist?  Or should I contact VMware?
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Alot of variables could be at play here, but my first step would be to try loading a different OS from different media (i.e. Windows 7 instead of Server 2008) just to make sure that your media is not the problem.
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What would be a another option in case the issue continues?
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Which OS are you trying to install?
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Check the iso's MD5 signature you've downloaded, if the operating system is a Linux distro.
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I'm trying to install Server 2003.
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is this error message generated within the VM or outside in vSphere?
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is this a standard Microsoft Windows 2003 Distribution?
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Issue resolved I did not enable the CD/DVD drive...

On another note, how do I install the VM tools?
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On another note, how do I install the VM tools?

In the vi client right click the VM > Guest > Install/Upgrade VMware tools
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