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Why I can not install windows server 2012 in virtualbox?

Posted on 2013-01-10
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I have tried to install windows server 2012 in virtualbox but at the momento of clicking on the red arrow (start) I got this error:


Result Code:
E_FAIL (0x80004005)
Component:
Console
Interface:
IConsole {db7ab4ca-2a3f-4183-9243-c1208da92392}

I have to mention that I am trying to virtualize the OS inside a server using windows 2012 essentials, the idea is to have a virtual OS inside the same server in order to make tests with different sofware without compromising the "original" server.

Thanks in advance.
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Question by:dimensionav
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Windows 2012 Server should have Hyper-V included, which is a type 1 HyperVisor, while VirtualBox is only a type 2 HyperVisor. With type 1 version you would have better performance. Just enable it in the Server's roles. Also make sure you have enabled VT in the CPU section of the BIOS.
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by:Lee W, MVP
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You have "windows 2012 essentials" - this is not just Windows Server - while the changes are not nearly as broad as older versions of SBS, running a virtualization platform on top of it is almost certainly not supported and not a good idea even if it were.  if the "idea is to have a virtual OS inside the same server in order to make tests with different sofware without compromising the "original" server." then install essentials on another system, NOT a VM on the SAME system.

Further, you should be virtualizing essentials on Hyper-V or ESXi (Type 1 hypervisor).
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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try the following Hypervisors instead with support for Windows 2012.

VMware Player 5.0 Free Download [FREE]
http://www.vmware.com/go/downloadplayer/

VMware Workstation 9.0 (60 day trial, $199) [EVALUATION]
www.vmware.com/go/downloadworkstation
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