hongning123
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Esxi 7.0 Win 11 PC not meet requirements

Need to install a Win 11 VM ,what is needed to install WIn 11 on Esxi 7.0

I keep getting message, when I start installing

PC does not meet requirements

We have a Dell R540 and I know it has a TPM 2.0 module, what do I need to do when creating the VM?

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alantz
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You need to add the registry entry to bypass the check. On a fresh install you might have to install Windows 10,

add this registry entry, then do the upgrade.

 

https://support.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/ways-to-install-windows-11-e0edbbfb-cfc5-4011-868b-2ce77...

--Alan--

 

 

 

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hongning123
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Thanks for replying pretty much appreciated.

However what if if we want to have Win11  do the TPM checked.  We bought the server to consider the requirement.  What do I need to do to this.  I already confirmed with Dell that the TPM is enabled and working, but what needs to be done in Esxi side?

 

Thanks

 

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IRIX201110141
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Add the vTPM to your UEFI and secure boot enabled VM prior to the fresh Win11 install.

Regards,
Joerg

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hongning123
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Okay I enabled TPM is the server and enabled Secure Boot, how do I see if that enabled in the ESXI?  And how do you add vTPM to the ESXI host?

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IRIX201110141
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The phys. TPM doesnt matter.  vSphere 6.7 supports vTPM together with a external KMS and 7.02 comes with a Native Key provider one. 

vCenter->Configure->Security  and than add Native Provider.

 

Regards,
Joerg

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hongning123
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okay what if we want to use the physical TPM, shouldn't it be automatically detected by Windows 11 VM?

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IRIX201110141
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Not possible. The real TPM is for the Host and a vTPM for a VM. You add a vTPM by adding a new Device from type Trusted Platform Module to a VM.

Regards,
Joerg

 

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hongning123
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Sorry, I am not familiar with this topic, but can you add a vTPM to just the free ESXI version.  If yes can anyone send me a link on how to do it.  Cant seem to find any info on Esxi.

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IRIX201110141
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I think its a vCenter feature.

Regards,
Joerg

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jamesnb1
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Hey Joerg,

I am using latest version of vCenter and ESXi but could not find what devices to add the vTPM as per you mentioned... What is the vTPM device classified as?

Thank you

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IRIX201110141
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You have to add a Key provider first.  On vCenter level -> Configuration -> Security -> Key Provider -> Add

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and after adding a key provider you are able to add a vTPM to a VM.

IRIX201110141_0-1633994072753.png

 

Regards,
Joerg

alantz
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 I would just like to note that my earlier registryr suggestion worked on my physicals, most of which I assume had TPM 1.2. However, when I went to upgrade my Windows 10 VM, it did't work. I not only had to enable the Native Key Provider and upgrade my Hardware version to the latest (I think I was on 17 and upgraded to 19), I also had to run mbr2gpt /convert /allowFullOS to convert my MBR to GPT and change the VM options/boot from BIOS to EFI and also do hardware/add the Trusted Platform Module. Then I was able to run the Windows 11 upgrade successfully, no registry changes needed. Oh, one last note. You can't do the hardware/add Trusted Platform Module if you have any snapshots on the VM.

 

--Alan--

 

 

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AlexAckerman
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As many have stated, the requirements are outlined on both the VMware and Microsoft documentation.  I recently published a blog entry that will walk you through the setup on a vSphere 7.0 system (with screenshots).  If you like it, please like and share!

https://www.vmhomelab.org/2021/10/prepare-homelab-for-windows-11-desktops/


Thanks!

Ack

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jamesnb1
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Hi there,

I have added native key, back it up OK

Went ahead and create new VM, attached vTPM --> did not work, it said it required TPM v.2

I am using latest vCenter and latest Dell image ESXi (just upgrade yesterday)

Any idea?

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alantz
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When you created the VM did you choose the latest hardware version 19 ?

--Alan--

 

jamesnb1
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Hi Alan,

Yes, it is version 19 as per the note

"Compatibility: ESXi 7.0 U2 and later (VM version 19)"

Anyway, I have deleted the VM and start over again. It is now working!

Thank you

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alantz
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Awesome. Sorry I just got to the email, but yea, version 19 is the 7.0 U2 release. U3 still uses version 19 as well.

--Alan--

 

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MZimbaro
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Glad to see all the people that have VSphere installed got it working.  What about the original question of installing Windows 11 directly on an ESXi 7 host (No VSphere).  This is the free version of ESXi for those of you who are not familiar.  Can a vTPM be created and installed, or should we be looking at something like Hyper-V instead?

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