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VMware ESX Server 1.5 Troubleshooting
[an error occurred while processing this directive]Knowledge Base Troubleshooting
The following sections will help you diagnose and correct problems you may encounter when installing and powering on guest operating systems.
The virtual machine may be trying to boot from the virtual disk rather than reading from the installation CD. Since the new virtual disk may have junk data or a partial installation on it, booting from the disk may produce unpredictable results. In order to force the virtual machine to boot from the CD, click inside the remote console window, then press the ESC key while the virtual machine is displaying the BIOS screen. When a boot menu appears, choose the CD-ROM drive as the boot device.
This problem has been seen in situations where the virtual machine is configured with two SCSI drives and the user has changed the boot order in the BIOS configuration, moving the CD-ROM from third to second in the boot order.
You can work around the problem.