I am finally getting around to setting up a Windows test network in addition to the Windows boxes I already have. My base OS on my AMD X2 machine is Fedora Core 5 running the most recent VMware Server Beta. The other night I tried to install Windows 2000 Server and it just hung at the Starting Windows 2000 during the very initial parts of the install (before you even partition the disk). I initially thought it was a bad disk or one that wasn’t playing well with VMware.
Tonight I tried another disk. Same thing. This time I was off to Google and found that there were some hits on this in the VMware forums. Adding:
processor1.use = “FALSE ”
To the .vmx file for the virtual machine fixed the problem right up. Now Windows Server is installing with no issues.