Installing Windows 2008 R2 on vSphere using Paravirtual adapter

Windows 2008 R2 does not include (obviously) VMware Paravirtual drivers by default, so a few more actions are required during install process.

Configure a VM with a Paravirtual adapter:


Start the installation process and map the Floppy drive to a image located within the ESXi hypervisor:


The disk selection box won’t show yo any available disks:


Just load driver from the Floppy image:


And now the boot disk connected to the VMware Paravirtual adapter is available:


Remember to disconnect the Floppy drive after the installation.

Posted on 16 Jun 2014 by Andrea.
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