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Problems With SBS 2008 Standard on ESXi 4.0.

I'm running ESXi 4.0
I installed Microsoft SBS 2008 SP2.
After installation, i need to run some SBS wizards.
Every time i open windows such as network settings or Device Manager, the server hangs and stacks.
It also happens when i want to start Group Policy Management or Services in Administrative Tools
Any Idea?
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What do your event Logs tell you about whats happening?

I P2V a SBS 2008 SBS box to ESXi for a client of mine a few months back, and had SBS 2008 running on a ESXi 4.0 perfectly for 20 users, whilst I rebuilt the physical box and replaced it back in their environment.

I would be looking at the event logs, since then I have run up 3 SBS 2008 boxes on ESX for testing purpose's working well.

Let us know what errors you see
RAMLTDAuthor Commented:
The Dark1, Thanks.
It's good to know that P2V and V2P actually work.
The event log system is full of errors and i cannot focus on what the cause, yet i started to notice that after a long time the server release from it hang windows and the network connection appear as not connected.
In other words, i strongly believe that it is a network issue.
Any idea ?

Hi Eran,

What type of hardware is the ESXi installed on?
Yes it does sound like hardware... 2 things I would suggest:

1. Ensure VMWare tools is installed on the SBS08 VM
2. Does the ESXI Hardware meet the requirements for the ESXi? Is the hardware on the ESXi Compatibility list?

Can you boot the SBS08 box into Safe mode in ESXi?
Have you tried booting the SBS box without the NIC Connection/Power on a Boot option in the ESX VM Properties through your console?
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RAMLTDAuthor Commented:
Its a 4 monts old Dell Power Edge R710 with:
6 300GB SAS 15K Disks At RAID 5.
2 Xeon Quad Core E5520 @ 2.27 GHz CPU's
VMWare Tool ware installed.
The server does compatible with ESXi.
I cat boot to safe mode !
I tried to remove the NIC's and restart the server - no help.
RAMLTDAuthor Commented:
Anyone ????

Try this

1. Boot the SBS Server into Safe Mode
2. Uninstall the NICS on the SBS Server from the System Manager / Device Manager
3. Close Device Manager down
4. Run a command prompt with Administrator Privledges
5. Type the following line:
Type set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1, and then press ENTER.
Type Start DEVMGMT.MSC, and then press ENTER.
6. The Device Manger will open , Click View, and then click Show Hidden Devices.
7. Expand the Network adapters tree.
8. Right-click the dimmed (grayed out) network adapter, and then click Uninstall

Then once this is done, restart the SBS Box
Once fully booted, shut the server down again and then Install the NIC through yout ESXi Client - vSphere....

Once installed, reconfigure the NIC through the SBS wizzard and see if that resolves your issue.
RAMLTDAuthor Commented:
It look like we solve it.
i did all you guide me to and more.
As i started to suspect that the broblem is in the network card, i started to change network cards in the vSphare Client of the SBS machine.
The problem was always when i used the E1000 card.
It started to runs good when i changed the NIC to from E1000 card to VMXNET 2 (Enhanced).
For now, the system run very good with no problems.

Thank you very much for your help.

E1000 is the standard for this type of environment.

Glad to see the that helped you a bit
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