I have a Server 2003 VM in my ESX enviornment that gets a blue screen everytime the VMware tool installer tries to start.
It's not a new VM. It was a VM that was there before we upgraded our evniornment to ESXi 5.0. It was running the older copy of VMware tools just fine, but when I went to upgrade it, half way through the install, it blue screened. When it came back up I decided to just take off the older copy and do a clean install over the new version. It now blue screens as soon as the installer starts.
I have the crash dump file if people want to take a look at it, but it's to big to post here. I ran it through debugger and it came back with:
Probably caused by : ntkrnlpa.exe ( nt!CcFlushCache+1af )
The virtual hardware has already been updated to Verison 8. I hope this isn't a trend with our 2003 VMs when we try to perform VMware Tool updates on them.
Thanks for sharing. In this case, the issue that the OP had (post is a couple years old) was likely due to a combination of factors, most notably though: VMware Tools must always be upgraded before the virtual hardware.