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Categories : 2008 R2, Server 2008 R2, VMTN, VMware, vSphere
Many people have had an issue with Server 2008 R2 and a jumpy mouse.
This has been driving me crazy while building new VMs.
I found a great VMTN post0 Started by Kenny Coleman @KendrickColeman on twitter.
The bottom line is after you install VMware tools in your VM you need to assign a separate VM driver to the display. Microsoft’s newer version of the OS has a tendency to keep Microsoft drivers in place instead of using the manufacturer recommended drivers.
In this case click start type in devmgmt.msc
This will open up the Device Manager.
Click the plus sign next to display adapters.
Right click the display adapter and click “Update Driver Software”
click Browse my computer for driver software
Navigate to “c:\Program Files\Common Files\VMware\drivers\wddm_video”
Make sure you check off Include subfolders.
Click next and allow the server to replace the driver and it will prompt you to reboot when finished.
Once finished reboot and you should be all set.
Till next time,
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Tags: vSphere, Guest Customization, sysprep, 2008 R2
Categories : ESX(i), vSphere, Server 2008 R2, 2008 R2
I decided to finally build a 2008 R2 VM template today.
I took my time with it and customized it exactly how I wanted it to look. I then Converted it into to a Template. From there I decided to build my customization and deploy it. I built my customization and deployed a new VM.
Great right? Wrong!
Here’s the error I got after reboot and the customization began:
The key here was the phrase “Pass [specialize]” and “[Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup].”
Now I know that the Specialize Pass occurs when and image is being deployed.
That means when the Template is deployed and the customization is being applied to the deployment it’s actually applying a customized ‘Specialize’ pass sysprep file. This brings us to our next section of the error [Microsoft-Windows-Shell-Setup]. There is a list of components that can be passed during the Shell Setup portion of the Specialize pass on the sysprep file.
In short all items in your customization have to match the VM your deploying. For instance if you turn a Server 2008 R2 DataCenter VM into a template you need to make sure that you are putting a Datacenter edition Key into your Customization file. Learn from my mistakes!
Have a good one,