Installing Server 2008 R2 on XenServer 5.0

Recently I had my first opportunity to create a Windows 2008 R2 virtual machine on Citrix XenServer 5.0. When I attempted to install the operating system I ran into an interesting issue where the installation would hang right at the initial Windows install screen and the CPU usage pegged at 100%. Once that happened no matter how long I waited the installation never progressed beyond that point.

Of course what did I do? I turned to Google and quickly found the following article which provided a workaround for the issue I was having.

I followed the advice in the article and after running the “xe vm-param-set uuid= platform:viridian=false” command as outlined in the article was able to install Windows Server 2008 R2.

Two more things are worth mentioning here, which are not specifically addressed in the previously referenced article:

  1. With Windows 2008 R2 I was able to install the XenServer 5.0 tools with none of the problems others people are having with Windows 7 installations.
  2. This issue has been resolved in XenServer v5.5!

2 Thoughts on “Installing Server 2008 R2 on XenServer 5.0

  1. FRANCESCO on October 8, 2011 at 9:59 am said:

    sekalian tabung gas nya dilemparin ke rumah nya pmilik twitter RT @dewispratiwi: Gue ga punya korek api nih, (cont)

  2. Bernhard on December 31, 2010 at 2:19 am said:

    Hi thanks a lot for this info

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