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VM ware server new install

I have a few VM hosts all the same boxes and running approx 10 servers per host.
I installed 2008 R2 for all my VM servers, using an ISO which is accessed upon pxe booting the VM server.

The issue now is that whenever I try and install a new virtual server (MS 2008 R2), it installs and goes through the motions perfectly, but once its finishd the text based install and it goes to boot up, just before it gets to the GUI to continue  setup it will blue screen! every time, even in safe mode. The settings for the VM are exactly the same as the others running on the host.

any ideas?

The blue screen error is:
interrupt_exception_not_handled
and the number is 0x0000003D

I have tried to google the message but nothing that makes sense.
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Jamesm007
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Storage adaptor has not changed?

The VM is not a clone of a clone of a clone?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Can you install the iso manually?
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Jamesm007Author Commented:
nothing has changed hardware wise since the initial setup.
VM is a brend new created VM
I am installing the ISO manaully.
I pxe boot and select the boot menu which loads the ISO. I then go through the motions to install server 2008 manually, I dont have an answer file if thats what youo are refering to
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Have you tried another iso?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
are the virtual machine properties the same as the other WIn2k8 running VMs?
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Jamesm007Author Commented:
vm properties all the same, checked and double checked this.
I havent recopied the ISO, as it boots extracts perfectly, but this may have to be my next option as Im running out of ideas - the fact all the other servers worked about 2 months ago, I did not and still dont suspect the ISO but anything is possible I guess
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
depending upon whether the other ten servers are in production, you could just quickly attach the ISO, to them and boot the CDROM, this would confirm whether it's the ISO or VM that's faulty!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Is this ESX of VMware Server?
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Jamesm007Author Commented:
yes ESX 4.1 and the other servers are in production. I will try running some more tests, I may have a spare server I can try and rebuild to see what happens
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, looks like you'll have to check the iso, if it's faulty.
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Jamesm007Author Commented:
ill do some more testing and will be in touch tomorrow
thanks
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bgoeringCommented:
If you are using WDS try deleting the image and re-importing the install.wim from the sources folder on the 2008 R2 DVD

Good Luck
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Jamesm007Author Commented:
Thanks guys. As we boot up from WDS i found that the drivers folder for the PC images were causing the issue only for the server builds! I have disabled the drivers and it built fine. Not sure if I can easily work around this but I have passed this main hurdle for now!
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