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Installing ESXi

  • 23-07-2009 3:07pm
    Registered Users Posts: 498 ✭✭

    Ok so ive installed esxi on a desktop which after some messing around i managed to get it installed and then i installed the VI client on my own machine which again went smoothly and now im accessing the esxi server through the VI client

    My question is should i be able to install XP on the esxi server from scratch, when i access the iso file(which i have put on the diskdrive on esx server) it runs ok til i press enter on one of the first blue xp setup screens and it says it cant find a device to write to


  • Moderators, Music Moderators Posts: 23,361 Mod ✭✭✭✭feylya

    It sounds like ESXi is presenting the VM hard drive as SATA which XP needs drivers to find. Have a look around the VM settings, see if you can change that to IDE. (I think you can although it's been a while since I've used ESXi)

  • Registered Users Posts: 10,264 ✭✭✭✭Standard Toaster

    That's the virtual SCSI adapter catching you out there.
    You'll need to either slipstream the 'BusLogic SCSI' or the 'LSI Logic' driver into your XP ISO or use flp/img floppy based images with the drivers on there and hit F6 during the XP setup. Add (if needed) a virtual floppy drive to your VM and mount the flp/img before you fire it up.

    See here or here.
    I personally have them slipstreamed.

  • Registered Users Posts: 498 ✭✭Stacksey

    Thanks for that lads, Had a feeling it was the vmware scsi adaptor, ill try get it going tomorrow