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ESX5: Run Windows 2012 server needs patch

Hi All,

I recently bought a new server and installed  ESX 5 from the HP website.

Microsoft Windows Server 8 is listed as an OS, but when I use it the OS fails to load.

I found this KB, which seems to indicate a patch is needed.

This ESX server is the first I've built from scratch so could with a little help....


Many thanks
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detox1978
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BusbarCommented:
I don't think that ESXi 5 included a patch for windwos 8 yet, windwos 8 released to RTM yesterday and 2012 still pending.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
You need to be using ESXi 5.0 U1 for Windows 8 and Windows 2012.

ESXi 5.0 U1 was released many months ago.  15 March 2012!

Download from the VMware Patch Portal

http://www.vmware.com/patchmgr/findPatch.portal
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BusbarCommented:
thanks hanc for point this out didn't know that U1 included 2012 support
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Windows 2012 Server support on ESXi 5.0 U1
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BusbarCommented:
Super cool, all what we need is the RTM on technet ;)
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The latest build of ESXi 5.0 is Build Number: 768111, dowload the 500MB file, upload to your ESXi 5.0 server using WinSCP (http://winscp.net/eng/index.php).

Put host in Maintenance Mode (make sure you have a Backup of VMs!)

https://hostupdate.vmware.com/software/VUM/OFFLINE/release-346-20120706-638484/ESXi500-201207001.zip

Upload to a vmfs datastore, and then login via SSH (putty), and execute the following command to update.....

esxcli software vib install -d /vmfs/volumes/[DATASTORE]/ESXi500-201207001.zip

restart host, and Install 2012! (using Windows 8 as a VM template!)
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detox1978Author Commented:
The HP ISO i used was ESX5 U1 and does show Windows Server 8.  I just noticed my KB is for Windows Desktop 8.

This KB seems more relevant.
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detox1978Author Commented:
I'm running build version 755629, which is the latest on the HP website.  It does list Server 8, so I'm pretty sure it should work.  Just I'm not doing something right.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you are on U1, select Windows 8 as VM, if you have issues with Black Screen after a restart, select EFI Mode, or 3D VGA.

As you can see from my screenshot, it installs and works correctly.

What is the issue?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I would upgrade to 768111, and then select Microsoft Windows Server 8 (64 bit)
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detox1978Author Commented:
Just giving EFI a try now.

Does the update delete all the VM's?  As I have a couple on there that i'm not too bothered about.  So would happily risk losing them, over waiting 2 hours.

Also, will this overwrite the HP ISO or update it, as I guess they optimise things for Insight Manager ?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The update just updates the files it needs to update.

It will not delete VMs, but you should always have Backup before any server change!
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detox1978Author Commented:
Busbar, RTM has been out a while.  The release date is 4th Sept.

Windows Server 2012 - Release Date
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Volume Customers already have the final release!

MSDN and Technet Subscribers, are likely to get a few days before.
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detox1978Author Commented:
EFI BOIS Mode was all it needed.

Many thanks.  I'll give the ESX update a whirl this afternoon.
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