The XP OS doesn't recognize the drivers for the HDD. When installing XP, there is an option to hit F6 to install 3rd party drivers. Hit F6, mount the floppy image below, hit enter and you should be good to go.
vmscsi-126.96.36.199.flp 1.4 MB
Thanks, I knew it had to be that simple. Where did I miss the info on that? Can you post that info so that the next person who comes along and makes the same mistake doesn't have to ask the same question?
As an aside, do you know why the Server 2k3 R2 install didn't hang? And why does XP format the HDD if it can't find the scsi device during "installing devices". Granted, these questions may just be that I'm not wrapping my head around the answer the right way. I'll try this and definitely update one way or the other!
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1. The Server and Workstation CDs contain different sets of drivers.
2. The default HW config for a Server VM is different from a WS VM.
Yeah, that's about what I figured you were gonna say...
Here it is:
GSX Server or ESX Server: If you are using the virtual LSI Logic SCSI adapter, you must download the driver
from the download center at the LSI Logic Web site. Go to http://www.lsi.com/cm/DownloadSearch.do and
download for the LSI20320‐R SCSI adapter driver for your guest operating system. For details on installing
this driver, see the VMware ESX Server Administration Guide. The LSI Logic Web site also provides an Installation
Guide for the LSI Logic Fusion‐MPT™ Driver: SYMMPI.SYS V1.xx.xx, located (at the time of this Guest Operating
System Installation Guide’s publication) at