VMware: Installing Windows XP on ESX using LSI Logic driver

I get a lot of questions concerning the deployment of Windows XP on ESX. By default, ESX will use the LSI Logic driver when deploying a new Windows XP virtual machine. The LSI Logic driver is not found on the CD-ROM media, so Windows XP will not continue with the installation if this driver is not found.

The steps: Create a new Windows XP Virtual Machine Upload a Windows XP .iso file to your datastore/ISOstore (preferably a VLK version) and link it via the CD-ROM options in your Virtual Machine. Make sure it is connected / at power on Go to LS Support and Downloads and search for a driver for the LSI20320-R controller. Extract all files in the symmpi_wXP_1201800.ZIP Use a program such as WinImage to create an LSILogic.flp file and include the extracted files in the .flp image. Upload the newly created LSILogic.flp to your datastore/ISO store Link the .flp file via the Floppy options => use existing floppy image in datastore in your Virtual Machine. Do NOT connect it yet. Power On your Windows XP machine. The installation of Windows XP should begin. During setup, press F6 to select additional SCSI drivers Now is the time to connect your floppy and use S during Windows Setup when prompted to connect to the floppy drive.

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The LSILogic drive should appear. Press ENTER to continue Setup will continue as normal Install VMware tools Done! NOTE: when using the BusLogic driver instead, you can download & use a preconfigured .flp file from the VMware site: http://download3.vmware.com/software/vmscsi-1.2.0.4.flp. Follow the same procedure as described above. The driver should be name VMware SCSI Controller in Windows X

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