VMWare Workstation 10 - Not Finding CD - PowerEdge R710

Posted on 2014-12-07
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Have Dell PowerEdge R710 w/PERC 6i
Running Windows Server 2012 R2 w/All Available Updates
Running VMWare Workstation 10
DVD/CD is working correctly

Trying to create new guest VM in VMWare Workstation 10
Put Win Svr 2012 in DVD Drive
Create New Machine
Enter License Code & User Account/Password
Specify Location
Starts... Cannot find boot disk, tries to boot off the network card using PXE

What I have done so far...
Edited VMX file to add some delay to the boot screen so I can choose options if needed.
Tried various selections in the Settings=>CD=> (SATA, SCSI, IDE) of the guest... NO JOY.

I am guessing that I am just not specifying the correct settings for the DVD/CD, or I am missing something else?

Any suggestions are appreciated.
Question by:tech911
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by:John Hurst
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When you make a New Virtual Machine, use the Custom Option. Next, and Next again (check as you go) and Select Installer Disc and browse to the DVD drive.

That works for me.
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rindi earned 664 total points
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In the VM's settings, have you selected to use the "Physical Drive" under the CD's section? Also, it is usually easier, faster and less error-prone to use an iso file for the installation rather than a physical DVD drive.

Besides that, since you are using 2012r2 as host, why don't you just add the "Hyper-V" feature rather than using VMware? Remember, Hyper-V is a type-1 HyperVisor, while VMware Player/Workstation is a type 2 HyperVisor. Type 1 HyperVisors perform better than type 2 HyperVisors.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 668 total points
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Are you using the Easy Setup?

It looks like its not finding a bootable media or you do not have the CDROM connected at power on.

Also check the BIOS in the VM Boot Order and ensure the CDROM is the first boot device!
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ID: 40485499
Followed your instructions
It found the CD during the setup, but wouldn't boot it.
Tried multiple configurations, no joy.

So I had to move on because this has to be ready by tomorrow a.m.

I created an ISO
Put it on a USB and mapped the CD to the ISO in settings.
Worked perfectly
Thanks for trying to help.

Author Comment

ID: 40485500

The only thing I can think of is that the DVD is not bootable, I will have to test on a non-Dell server, since those boxes require the UMM to create a pre-install script then it loads/installs the OS.

Thanks for the help.
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by:John Hurst
ID: 40485601
@tech911  - Thanks. I checked the compatibility guides at VMware and it should have worked, but there must be something about the DVD as you say.

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