Windows Server 2012 (and Windows 8) on VMWare ESXi 4.1

Written by Mo Elamin. Posted in Microsoft, VMWare

I have been trying find a solution to running Windows Server 2012 (and Windows 8) on ESXi 4.1. After surfing around on the net I finally found a working solution in the VMWare forum. The following steps are done on own risk:
  • Create a new VM over the v Sphere Client.
  • As “Guest Operating System” i used Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)”
  • If you finished the creation of the VM download the follwing bios file and upload it to your ESXi datastore
  • Move the bios file to the folder of the new VM
  • Now open the .vmx file of the new VM and add the following lines:
  • bios440.filename = “bios.440.rom”
  • mce.enable = TRUE
  • cpuid.hypervisor.v0 = FALSE
  • vmGenCounter.enable = FALSE

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