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WIndows 2k3 on Nutanix with Acropolis

  • 22 April 2015
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Hi People,

I'm trying to deploy a Windows 2k3 VM (I know this is old but I need it). I need to load the virtoi drivers so I have tried by mounting a CDROM and a DISK but they both failed, the system is complaining that he cannot find a suitable 3rd party driver to install from.

What is the trick ?

Thanks.

Fred.
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Best answer by cbadami 23 April 2015, 11:14

Ok.Remove the SCSI disk of 30GB. Remove the mounted virtio image.Add a new 30GB disk as IDE and try.
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Check the link mentioned below. Maybe it can help you.

http://www.linux-kvm.org/page/WindowsGuestDrivers/viostor/installation

@cbadamiAny inputs on this query

Hope it helps.

-Nav
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Hi Fred,You can go ahead and download the virtio driver from the below link:http://alt.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/virtio-win/archives/Also, please let me know where did you download the virtio drivers which do not have the 3rd party drivers in them.
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Hi Guys,

Thanks a lot for your answer but. I already have the virtio drivers. I have mounted them on a disk cloned image and cdrom cloned image but Windows does not detect anythink when I push F6 when starting up.

On this link : http://www.linux-kvm.org/page/WindowsGuestDrivers/viostor/installation I'm blocked at step Press S .... Windows cannot find any suitable driver even when mounted ...

I got the drivers from the site you mentionned (Fedora) and they are working fine for other Windows versions.

I think the issue come from the fact that Windows 2k3 is looking for a "floppy" device ... which I cannot create with Prism ....
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Hi Fred,I tried to re-create the scenario with a Win 2003 Server installation on Acropolis and it failed on the same stage asking for drivers through a floppy drive.However, you could always use the Disk you are allocating to the VM as IDE and then it can be installed normally (because the Windows install images have IDE drivers by default).Just "Update" the VM and remove the existing disk and add a new one and select the "BUS TYPE" as IDE instead of SCSI.Please let me know how it goes.
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I tried without luck. 😞
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What happens when you use IDE?Is it Windows Server 2003 SP2 ?
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The only difference now is that Windows is ok to install itself on the mounted virtIO disk :o
So this is what I have now :

- 1 CDROM with Windows 2003 R2 32bits.iso to boot the VM from;
- 1 Disk SCSI 30 GB to install windows on it;
- 1 Disk IDE with the virtIO mounted

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No this is not SP2 ...
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Ok.Remove the SCSI disk of 30GB. Remove the mounted virtio image.Add a new 30GB disk as IDE and try.
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If I add a 30 GB IDE disk, I won't need any virtIO drivers ... then I will lose performance ...
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Correct. You will lose performance because it is not SCSI.
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Ok so we are turning around ;)

I know the procedure since I just did it on a Windows 2k8 machine but the same procedure does not work on w2k3 ... should I give up ? or raise a support call ?
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It is best to have a support case opened for confirmation on the next steps.-Chetan
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Ok,

In the meantime, I have started a new VM with IDE and of course, it is installing. I really needed urgently, this is the reason why I did that, but I must be able to install it with SCSI and VirtIO.

I will open a case later on and I will follow up with the details in this forum once solve.

Take care.

Fred.
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Odd that there is no Floppy Disk emulation on Nutanix. That is pretty important when installing some OS distributions 😞

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