Friday, November 20, 2009

Installing Windows XP in a VMWare ESXi environment, no hard disks found error

If you attempt to install Windows XP in an VMWare ESXi environment (at least v3.0-3.5), don't be surprised if you get an error about no hard disks available. This is because you need to manually install SCSI drivers for the VMWare disks. Luckily VMWare provides a floppy image for this purpose and it's free to download. Simply mount the image as a virtual floppy, then press F6 when the Windows install screen tells you to "Press F6 if you need to install third-party SCSI drivers" at the beginning of the install. Press S when prompted to specify the drivers and you should see VMWare SCSI driver as the only option. Press Enter and then proceed with the install.

Here's a link to the VMWare knowledge base document addressing this issue:

You can download the floppy image of the drivers from the link in the KB article linked above, or from this VMWare support page:

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