I'm trying to install SBS 2011 on a vm in ESXi 4.1 Update 1 and the installations hangs. It gets to a point during "Completing Installation" but never completes.
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what about your physical host? Does it support Intel-VT? Did you configure "Windows Server 2008 R2" as the guest OS when you created the VM?
Please provide as much details about your setup as possible.
The physical host is a Dell PE T410, brand new, no OS installed. In BIOS I enabled virtualization. I installed ESXi 4.1.0 Update 1 on the physical host. I created the vm, burned the SBS 2011 std disks to ISO files and uploaded them to the vm to install. The installation starts and then hangs.
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We run 4.1U1 on a bunch of PE T410's as well, so its almost certainly not your host/esx causing the problem. Without a ton more details it's hard to diagnose exactly what is causing a 'stall' but i'm going to go out on a limb and say that your image is the problem.
Either it didn't burn to iso correctly, or the iso itself is actually faulty..
You didn't answer the question about selecting Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 as the guest operating system, but assuming you did I would try using another Windows .iso as a test and see if that works, should narrow down if your problem is the iso or your setup.
Other helpful information:
- Have you confirmed other iso's work fine (windows 2003, 2008, whatever)?
- Where is it 'stalling' - at what point in the setup exactly
I did not select Microsoft Windows 2008 R2 as the guest OS because I’m trying to install Small Business Server 2011. When I created the vm, for the OS I chose other, then other x64 bit. Should I have chosen 2008 R2?
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Do not attach the USB key in the virtual server until the installer asks if you want to do a "clean install" or "migration". If you are at the completing installation screen, you can remove the USB device from the VM and it will continue. Re-attach it when it gets to the install screen.