I'm trying to create a VM of Windows XPSP2 from an unattended install. I created a Dual Processor VM and cofigured a 4 GB HD on IDE0:0. I booted from a custom Windows PE 2005 ISO and created a Primary Active partiton on IDE0:0 and formated it FAT32. I ran the unattened install and the files are on the IDE0:0 drive, but the VM will not boot from the drive. I just get a blank screen, no errors. If I boot from the ISO image again, I can see the ntldr and ntdetect.com and boot.ini.
If I look in DISKPART the drive is ACTIVE. I have used this exact process on real machines to build images all the time, what am I missing in VM?
VMWare version is 5.5.3 Build 34685.
config.version = "8"
virtualHW.version = "4"
numvcpus = "2"
scsi0.present = "TRUE"
memsize = "396"
MemAllowAutoScaleDown = "FALSE"
ide0:0.present = "TRUE"
ide0:0.fileName = "Windows XP Professional.vmdk"
ide1:0.present = "TRUE"
ide1:0.fileName = "C:\WinPEStuff\winpecd-1.iso"
ide1:0.deviceType = "cdrom-image"
floppy0.present = "FALSE"
ethernet0.present = "TRUE"
usb.present = "TRUE"
sound.present = "TRUE"
sound.virtualDev = "es1371"
sound.fileName = "-1"
sound.autodetect = "TRUE"
displayName = "Windows XP Professional"
guestOS = "winxppro"
nvram = "Windows XP Professional.nvram"
workingDir = "."
ide0:0.redo = ""
ethernet0.addressType = "generated"
uuid.location = "56 4d 18 c6 68 82 01 5a-0c 9e 8b 3b 65 f5 25 d9"
uuid.bios = "56 4d 18 c6 68 82 01 5a-0c 9e 8b 3b 65 f5 25 d9"
tools.remindInstall = "TRUE"
ethernet0.generatedAddress = "00:0c:29:f5:25:d9"
ethernet0.generatedAddressOffset = "0"
ide1:0.autodetect = "TRUE"
I still can't get this to work. I tried just running the WINNT32 without the unattended settings and the system still will not boot from the VM drive. Changing the partiton from NTFS to FAT32 did not help. All the correct files are on the VM Drive to boot (ntldr, boot.ini and NTDETECT.COM). The partiton is Active (from DiskPart).
Here is the processs I used:
Boot from WinPE 2005 ISO
Create Primarary 6 GB partition
Make partiton Active
Format partition NTFS
Reboot to PE
Map network share with i386 unattended build
Run winnt32 with unattended.txt
WINNT32 copies files to system and exits
Restart system and skip CD boot
The system just hangs and does not boot. No errors.
Does anyone else have any ideas why this is not working? I use this exact same process to build systems all the time[/b] I always works on real hardware. What is soi different with VMware that makes it not work?
Any ideas would be great..