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Parallels - Missing Drivers for Server 2008

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I'm just trying to configure a Server 2008 R2 SP1 Parallels virtual machine and am having the following issue during install:

A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing.  If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD or USB drive, please insert it now.

A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing.  If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD or USB drive, please insert it now.
Thing is, I've using an ISO I've downloaded from MSDN.  Has anyone had this before?  I've tried an alternative Server 2008 ISO too, same issue. A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing.  If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD or USB drive, please insert it now.
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This happens on a few virtualization products, it's likely that Parallels uses a different kind or type of CD-ROM emulation, which Windows 2008 R2 does not have the driver of it, thus preventing the 2008 installation to proceed.

try this cdrom driver on a floppy, I've had success with it.

http://depositfiles.com/files/1959283
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Thanks for the recommendation, however, how do I mount a .flp file?  .fdd is the floppy format parallels looks for.

Thanks.
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by:ImaCircularSaw
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I might have not been clear enough.  I'm on a MacBook 5 (unibody) and I've tried both 6.0.11828 and 6.0.11994 version of Parallels.
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try renaming the flp files, or use Winimage to convert.
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I could not see support for fdd files in WinImage or MagicISO.  I managed to simply extract the flp file you suggested and put the files on a usb drive and connect that to my virtual machine, still no luck with those drivers.
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I'd check with Parallels if Windows 2008 R2 is supported, I couldn't fine the information in the documentation.
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which document is it listed it?
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The readme...the very first one.

I've tried two different versions and assigning the cd drive to IDE instead of sata, no luck.
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by:ImaCircularSaw
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OK, this issue also appeared on VM Ware Fusion 3.1.2.  I'm going to re-download the ISOs (even though they were downloaded from MSDN) and see if it's just a corrupt ISO which seems to be the most common cause of this problem.
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Turns out it was a dodgy ISO download, never had that before and both previous downloads must have somehow been corrupted on the same night they were downloaded.

re-downloaded ISO from MSDN and it worked fine!
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Worked out solution before anyone recommended it.
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