Windows fails to install in Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) mode with VMware vSphere Hypervisor (ESXi) key in System - IBM System x, BladeCenter, Flex Systems



Source

RETAIN tip: H21955

Symptom

Installation of Windows 2008, 2008 R2, or 2012 in Unified Extensible Firmware Interface (UEFI) mode will fail when an VMware ESXi embedded hypervisor key is attached.

When attempting to install Windows in this case where multiple Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) system partition (ESP) is present, users may see a pop up message stating:

  'Setup was unable to create a new system partition or locate an existing system partition...'

(where EFI = Extensible Firmware Interface)

Affected configurations

The system is configured with at least one of the following:

  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Datacenter, any service pack
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Enterprise, any service pack
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Foundation, any service pack
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 Standard, any service pack
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter 32-bit, any service pack
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Datacenter 64-bit, any service pack
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise 32-bit, any service pack
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Enterprise 64-bit, any service pack
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard 32-bit, any service pack
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2008, Standard 64-bit, any service pack
  • Microsoft Windows Server 2012, any service pack

The system is configured with one or more of the following IBM Options:

  • IBM USB Memory Key for VMware ESXi 4.1, Option part number 41Y8287, any replacement part number (CRU)

This tip is not system specific.

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:

Solution

There is currently no fix to this issue.

Workaround

To work around this issue, perform one (1) of the following:

Remove the USB key prior to installing Windows.

Clean the USB using a utility like 'diskpart' to wipe the EFI system partition information prior to installing Windows.

Additional information

Microsoft does not support multiple Extensible Firmware Interface (EFI) System Partitions during installation so the workaround is required in this case.

Applicable countries and regions

 


Document id:  MIGR-5093789
Last modified:  2013-10-09
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