Installing Vista RC2 on VMWare Server

7. November 2006 18:02

Due to the potential of introducing problems into my demos for code camp last month, I delayed upgraded my virtual machine to Vista RC2.  Last night, I finally got around to installing it.  However, I ran into a small problem.

Almost immediately after starting the installation process, I received an error that a device driver was missing for the CD/DVD drive.  Now, I have installed Vista on a virtual machine several times and never experienced this problem.  So, I am assuming it is likely some sort of issue specific to RC2 and VMWare Server. 

After experimenting with a few different work-arounds, I finally managed to get past the error.  If you run into a similar problem, give the following a try:

1) Create your virtual machine through the VMWare Console.
2) Add a second CD/DVD drive to the machine.
3) Map one of the CD/DVD drives to the Vista RC2 iso file.
4) Map the other CD/DVD drive to the physical CD/DVD drive on the host machine.
5) Once you encounter the installation error, go to the Virtual Machine settings and map the second CD/DVD drive to the RC2 iso file.  (Do this while the VM is still running).

At this point, the installation detected the drivers that it wanted and continued without issue for the remainder of the process.


11/17/2006 12:15:25 PM #


Thanks for the tip, helped me get through the installation Smile

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1/2/2007 4:32:50 PM #


got this to work - but had to turn legacy emulation off on the physical dvd drive in vmware settings


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