VMware: Installing a Guest Operating System (Windows 2008 R2 64bit) on Virtual Machine
Installing a Windows 2008 R2 64bit Guest OS on Vmware ESXi
You can install a guest operating system from a CD-ROM or from an ISO image. Installing from an ISO image is typically faster and more convenient than a CD-ROM installation.
It might be necessary to change the boot order in the virtual machine’s BIOS settings. However, sometimes a virtual machine’s boot sequence progresses too quickly for a user to open a console to the virtual machine and enter BIOS setup.
Right Click on VM -> Options Tab -> Boot Options -> “The next time the virtual machine boots, force entry into the BIOS setup screen”
Windows 2008 R2 64bit Virtual Machine – Edit Settings- Boot Options
The virtual machine enters the BIOS setup the next time it starts.
Windows 2008 R2 64bit Virtual Machine – Edit Settings- Boot Options – CD Drive
1 Display the Virtual Machine Properties dialog box.
2 Click the Options tab and in the settings list under Advanced, select Boot Options.
3 Enter a delay value long enough to enable the console view to stabilize and for you to connect the CD-ROM using the vSphere Client.
4 Click OK.
5 Open a console to the virtual machine.
6 Power on the virtual machine.
7 While the virtual machine proceeds through its boot sequence, connect your local device, or an ISO image, to the virtual machine’s CDROM drive.
CD-ROM: Insert the installation CD-ROM for your guest operating system into the CD-
ROM drive of your ESX/ESXi host.
a Right-click the virtual machine in the inventory list and select Edit Settings.
b Click the Hardware tab and select CD/DVD Drive.
c In the Device Type panel, select Datastore ISO File and browse for the ISO image for your guest operating system.
User can use the option “VMware: Connect to ISO Image on Local Disk” also which is only available when VM is powered on.
Before Powering on the VM (Option Disabled)
Windows 2008 R2 64bit Virtual Machine – Connect to Host Device
After Powering on the VM (Option enabled)
Windows 2008 R2 64bit Virtual Machine – Connect to ISO image on Local Disk
And If you provide Windows 2008 R2 64bit ISO file then it will start:
Windows 2008 R2 64bit installation on Virtual Machine
Windows 2008 R2 64bit installed on Virtual Machine