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  • Question

  • yes i've read the faq and i see virtualisation is not supported at all. but i have a little niggle which i find odd and i'm not sure if it's directly related to the fact i'm using a virtual network or not.

    i'm using virtualbox and everything is working perfectly. i have WHS and an xp pro client and everything is fine. i have the connector installed on the xp client and have done a full system backup over my virtual network. all is well in the world.

    but the niggle is this..... when i boot my VM from the recovery cd, it gets as far as the "initializing restore cd" dialog. now it says "network not present" and i'm prompted for the media with the network drivers on. i have an iso file with the required drives so i mount that and click continue. but it does not detect the drivers and i'm stumped. i think oh well, that's obviously down to the virtual environment i'm using. but then i had the idea to make a virtual floppy image instead. i made an .img file containing the exact same files from the iso, mounted that and bingo, i'm in. so why can't i load drivers from an iso but can from a floppy image. virtual problem or not?


    oh, and the restore worked perfectly too....

    Saturday, March 3, 2007 4:46 PM


All replies

  • It is not a limitation of the virtual environment but of the recovery environment. Microsoft traditionally has made it so that if you have to load 3rd party drivers for setup you have to use a floppy disk.
    Saturday, March 3, 2007 4:49 PM
  • but the prompt does mention using a cd-rom....

    you can see why it puzzles me.
    Saturday, March 3, 2007 5:08 PM
  • That is confusing. I just tried the same thing with a machine I have and it didn't like the CD I mad, but it did like the exact floppy copy and a USB stick that looked exactly like the CD. I would suggest bugging it, on Connect.
    Saturday, March 3, 2007 5:18 PM
  • well i've logged the problem here....


    if you could comment/leave feedback that it has happened to you too, that would be great. oh and thanks for your replies. :)

    Saturday, March 3, 2007 10:19 PM