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VMWare Workstation Won't Install Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise from ISO

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I'm getting an error - can't find the DVD/CDROM Drive?  I've tried many different things but cannot seem to get past this step - the installation fails each time.  Help!
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Question by:CharlieF2
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Have you tried extracting the files to the HDD and running the setup from there?
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Hi

download demon tools lite a virtual cd drive. its free

http://www.daemon-tools.cc/eng/products/dtLite

mount the iso image to this virtual cd.

On VMWorkstation settings change the cd drive from auto to that of the mounted one

change boot priority to bbot from cd in bios.


This is what i do with VMWare I had the same problem as yours couple of times I used this method.

Finally - is the ISO image intact?
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by:Tolomir
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did you select connect at power on, see screenshot

(This is from a win 2k8 host in suspensed mode, so I cannot switch the radioboxes.)


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by:vmwarun - Arun
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Check whether the CD/DVD is set as the first drive from which the system can boot in the BIOS configuration of the Virtual Machine.
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by:bgoering
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You can go under the advanced tab and try the enable legacy emulation and/or changing the cd type from ide to scsi

Good Luck
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Thanks to all experts for your advice.  The problem turned out to be the iso image was slightly corrupted.  I redownloaded the image from microsoft and tried again and it worked.
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Glad it worked out :) Dont forget to split the points :)
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I answered my own question
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