We recently upgraded our VMware host from ESXi 4.0 to 5.0.0 Build 914586. Following that, I defined a Windows Server 2012 virtual machine that I subsequently tried, unsuccessfully, to boot. I edited the settings to force the boot into BIOS mode so I could track the progress. However, after I open a console window and then did a power on, nothing is seen; all I stare at is a black window. The vSphere GUI says the VM has started and looking at the ESXi logs, it says the VM has moved from a state of VM_STATE_POWERING_ON to VM_STATE_ON. What’s also weird is that the performance of the VM shows that it’s consuming 10% of the processor.
I’ve done this many times before so this is very strange. I’ve attached the CD/DVD drive to the VM so that it should boot from my DVD drive to start the load of Windows 2012. Has anyone else seen this or have any suggestions on how this can be resolved?