Hyper-V 2012 & boot-from-SAN - installation

Finally...a non-Miata post.

Had a devil of a time trying to get Hyper-V 2012 installed on one of our spare servers (HP DL360 G5).  Was installing from a DVD (iLO was not online originally) and using a USB key for the Qlogic drivers.  iSCSI HBA is a Qlogic 4062c.

Note this was an ESX 3.5 host when I started.

The error: "We couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one. For more information, see the Setup log files."

Googling around gave me options...here is the order I tried them in:

  1. Boot off physical DVD, load drivers from USB
  2. Deleted old ESX partitions
  3. Got error
  4. Use repair function to clean drive and create/assign a new partition
  5. Got error
  6. Use the HP update DVD to bring firmware/BIOS up to date
  7. Got error
  8. Use iLO DVD image and USB key drivers (this was silly)
  9. Got error
  10. Checked inside server to ensure no USB devices plugged in (there were none)
  11. Removed USB key, attached USB key to PC, then to server via iLO as virtual device
  12. Got error
  13. Used 'bfi.exe' to build a floppy image, attached via iLO
  14. Successful installation!

Moral of the story:  You CANNOT have any USB devices attached in any way/shape/form when trying to install in a boot-from-SAN environment. (maybe any environment?)

Also...40GB is not enough, apparently wants 42GB (documentation says 32GB...?).  Just a warning.

Sources
* http://ixrv.blogspot.ca/2012/09/unable-to-install-windows-server-2012.html

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