This odd. I have a prefectly good Windows 2008 dvd that I burned from an iso. The dvd boots up fine in my laptop, yet when I poped the disc into my Esx host, the guest machine I'm trying to creatae can not boot from it. The only way to kick start the vm is to mount the souce iso file source. What could be wrong?
The only way to kick start the vm is to mount the souce iso file source. What could be wrong?
You got it. ISO is the best way, easier too no physical media to contend with. You can try altering the boot order in the VM bios (selecting bios to be started first in vmx file) and choose the IDE drive as the first one, then it may work, but I always have better success with ISO files rather than IDE drives anyway.
Rather than changing the vmx file to go into the bios, I would go into the virtual machine options, and under the boot options you can check a box to force the vm guest into the bios on the next boot.
I highly doubt the boot order is the culprit if you are able to boot from the iso, but not the physical cd. You can try putting the cdrom your laptop, and telling the guest to using the client device, this might help to diagnose if it is a dvd drive issue on your esx host.
Also, ensure that your host has a dvd-drive as the windows 2008 is a dvd, not a cd.
Moved to Virtual Machine and Guest OS forum.
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