It’s now fairly easy to run Windows Server 2012 Release Candidate on patched ESXi 5, but I’m not finding it well documented anywhere, not yet anyway.
Here’s the short version:
- if you’re already at ESXi 5.0 Update 02, create a new VM, setting the OS type to “Windows Server 2008 R2 (64 bit)” for the install
(the Windows Server 8 (64 bit) setting won’t work: it hangs on startup)
- when the install is complete, install VMware Tools (Typical), and reboot when prompted
- install took about 4 minutes total, from start to finish, using vZilla‘s spectacularly fast RAID5 (using Vertex 4 SSD for cache)
Here’s the longer, much more detailed version:
- If your version of ESXi doesn’t already show as build 623860 (Update 1) or later, update first by following the instructions at:
- Download of the 64-bit (x64) 3.3GB Windows Server 8 Beta ISO named
at TechNet site:
- Upload the ISO to the ESXi datastore, using free Veeam FastSCP (6x faster) or vSphere Client Datastore Browser (slow)
- Next, follow along with the YouTube video I posted below, where basically, you’re just telling the VM it’s Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 you’re installing, then installing VMware Tools.
relevant info from earlier beta:
But it’s all still there, the desktop, cmd.exe, compmgmt.msc, etc. And it you want sound support and the whole desktop experience, I located this command after recording the video:
dism /online /enable-feature /all /featurename:DesktopExperience
Then be sure to start the Windows Audio Service, and set the service to Autostart, and you’re all set, no reboot, you’ll now have sound for your RDP sessions, much as I described for Windows 2008 R2 here: