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I am currently running vSphere Version 5.0; I am in the process of setting up a new Windows 2012 server but in the vShere Guest operating System setup window under version there is no option to install Server 2012, the latest Windows server it shows is Server 2008R2. Should I pick another option?
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Select Windows 2008 R2, it will not make any difference, but which version of 5.0 are you using, to check it's supported ?

You need to be running 5.0 U1 or U2 for Windows 2012 support.

to help you, see here

ESXi 5.0 U1 (Update 1) is Build 623860
ESXi 5.0 u2 (Update 2) is Build 914586
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I am running ESXi, 5.0.0, Build 469512
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You will need tp upgrade to support Windows 2012, it will not install on anything less than U1.
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Thank you is this an easy upgrade?
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Support for Windows 2012 was added to VMWare ESXi v5.1. The latest version of ESXi 5.1 is ESXi 5.1 Update 1 build 1065491, released on 04-25-2013..

VMWare KB article for installing Windows 8 / Windows 2012 hosts

VMware provides several ways to upgrade ESX/ESXi hosts:
* vSphere Update Manager
* Upgrade or migrate interactively using an ESXi installer ISO image on CD/DVD or USB * flash drive
* Scripted upgrade
* vSphere Auto Deploy
* esxcli (Command-line interface)

I have had best luck doing the upgrade interactively (see link below) or just doing a clean install. I usually install ESXi on a USB stick so it is easy enough to put in a new USB stick, install on it. This way, I still have my original install in case something goes wrong.

How to upgrade ESXi to v5.1 interactively
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I was thinking about gong with the clean install do you feel this would be a 2day project?
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If you use a CDROM or ISO to boot from, you will get an option also to Upgrade or Fresh Install, when the installer starts.

it will also prompt to overwrite or preserve your existing VMFS (VM datastore)
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