Wednesday, 26 August 2015

Windows Server Enterprise 2003 x86 on VMWare

Windows Server Enterprise 2003 x86 can support upto 64GB of RAM (with PAE enabled) - although be aware that when running under the ESXI hypervisor / vSphere having the 'Memory Hot Plug' enabled under Memory section in the VM settings can cause issues if you are using over 4GB of RAM and you should disable it as it is not compatible with ESXI 6.0 (at least in my testing.)

If you have it enabled you get all sorts memory errors, services etc. failnig to start at boot and a partially working OS!

This scenerio can arise when importing Server 2003 VM's from VMWare Player with the use of an OVA package.

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