Another Quirk with VMWare Server and Vista RC2

7. November 2006 21:30

Earlier today, I posted about an installation issue that I encountered with Vista RC2 on VMWare Server.  However, I ran into some more trouble after the installation completed.

After logging into Vista for the first time, Windows could not find the drivers to install the VMWare CD/DVD drive or the VMWare Network Adapter.  Consequently, I could not get the virtual machine to connect to a network.  This was extremely frustrating and took some playing around with the VM settings to finally get past the problem. 

In the past, I have sometimes had trouble with the network adapter not functioning until VMWare Tools were installed.  Unfortunately, VMWare Tools refused to install as well.  Whenever I clicked on the menu option to install tools from the console, nothing happened.  Eventually, I managed to get it to work after a good bit of tweaking configurations and rebooting the virtual machine.

At the time this problem was occurring, I still had two drives to get around the previously mentioned installation error.  So, I removed all of the CD/DVD drives.  I added only one CD/DVD drive and mapped it to the physical drive of the host machine.  After rebooting the virtual machine, VMWare Tools finally installed.  Once the installation of VMWare Tools completed and the virtual machine was rebooted again, Windows automatically detected and installed both the VMWare CD/DVD drive and VMWare Network Adapter.

Finally, the CD/DVD drive is working correctly and I have network access on the virtual machine.

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