I can’t believe I missed an important requirement for VMware VIEW 4.5’s Transfer Server:
An LSI SAS adapter has been detected on this system, This adapter is not supported by the Transfer Server. Please select a different computer.
The server I deployed from template was:
Operating System: Windows Server 2008 R2
SCSI Controller: LSI Logic SAS (default for Windows Server 2008 R2)
…when the installation guide clearly states:
CAUTION You must configure the virtual machine that hosts View Transfer Server with an LSI Logic Parallel
SCSI controller. You cannot use a SAS or VMware paravirtual controller.
On Windows Server 2008 virtual machines, the LSI Logic SAS controller is selected by default. You must change
this selection to a BusLogic or LSI Logic controller before you install the operating system.
So while I sort of knew I was going to get a blue screen if I were to change the SCSI Controller within the virtual machine’s properties, I gave it a shot anyways:
A problem has been detected and Windows has been shut down to prevent damage to your computer.
If this is the first time you’ve seen this Stop error screen, restart your computer. If this screen appears again, follow these steps:
Check for viruses on your computer. Remove any newly installed hard drives or hard drive controllers. Check your hard drive to make sure it is properly configured and terminated.
Run CHKDSK /F to check for hard drive corruption, and then restart your computer.
*** STOP: 0x0000007B (0xFFFFF880009A9928,0xFFFFFFFFC0000034,0000000000000000,0x00000000000000000)
No surprise here. If only Windows Server 2008 R2 had a repair install (they took it away when R1 was released).
Time to reinstall with a LSI Logic Parallel SCSI Controller.
I’ve been asked about whether there’s a workaround and I believe there probably is a way to change the controller without reinstalling so I’ll update this as soon as I have some time to figure it out.
Here’s a new blog post I’ve written to show how to change from a LSI SAS to a LSI Logic Parallel controller without reinstalling the operating system on virtual machine:
Changing a virtual machine’s boot hard disk to a different SCSI controller