Unable to install Microsoft Windows Server 2012 into a VMware ESXi 5.x virtual machine with IBM provided media - IBM Servers
RETAIN tip: H21488
When users try to install Microsoft Windows Server 2012 using IBM provided media into VMware vSphere ESXi 5.1 managed virtual machine, the Windows Installer will pop-up a window with the following message:
Users can click on the Ignore button to continue with the installation.
The system is configured with at least one of the following:
This tip is not system specific.
This tip is not option specific.
The system has the symptom described above.
Note: This does not imply that the network operating system will work under all combinations of hardware and software.
Please see the compatibility page for more information:
It is recommended to use the retail media rather than IBM provided media to install Microsoft Windows Server 2012 into a VMware virtual machine.
If it is necessary to use IBM provided media, users need to configure the virtual machine to reflect host System Management Basic Input/Output System (SMBIOS) structure.
This can be done by either of the following two (2) methods:
Edit the virtual machine's .vmx file to contain the following line:
Note: Encoding of the text added to the .vmx file must be in UCS Transformation Format?8-bit (UTF8), where UCS stands for Universal Character Set.
For detailed instructions, refer to the following 'VMware VM BIOS Instructions' document:
In the VMware vSphere Client, locate the Virtual Machine Configuration Parameters and add a row:
Then set the value to True.
IBM-provided Microsoft Windows 2012 media has a BIOS Lock mechanism to ensure the media can only be installed on IBM hardware. The BIOS Lock mechanism checks if the system BIOS contains IBM identification or it forbids the OS installation.
By default settings, VMware Virtual Machines uses its own virtual BIOS which does not contain the IBM identification so the BIOS Lock check will fail with a pop-up error message window.
The Workaround enables the Virtual Machine to reflect Host SMBIOS which includes the IBM identification, and therefore the BIOS Lock check passes.
Retail Windows Server 2012 media does not have the BIOS Lock mechanism so the issue will not occur.
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Document id: MIGR-5093277