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I have just installed Windows Server 2008R2 on a brand new Dell T320 Server to act as a hyper visor for an SBS 2011 VM.

As with all new builds I have;

  • Confirmed the CPU supports virtualisation.
  • Confirmed virtualisation is enabled in the BIOS.
  • Installed all device drivers.
  • Installed the Hyper-V role.
  • Rebooted at all Windows requests.
  • Installed all required updates.

So in theory I should be able to create/import a Virtual Machine and start it? Well I always thought so, I get the following error.

An error occurred while attempting to start the selected Virtual Machine(s).
"New Virtual Machine" could not be initialized. (Virtual Machine ID: XXXXXXXX).

I read on TechNet this can be related to permissions of VHD's/XML config files so I can confirm all NTFS ACL's have acceptable permissions to work correctly. Also I have never had this issue before, and I have build around 20 Windows Hyper-Visors.

I also have tried pointing the creation of the new VM to a different partition to get it away from Windows, no difference. I am still copying over my backed up VHD so that I can try 'Importing' a VM instead of creating an entirely new one.

Some forum also mentioned about checking the IDE controller was correctly configured so I have compared this to a health Windows Server 2008R2 hyper-visor at it appears to be configured correctly.

Any thoughts would be appreciated!

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Found the solution on this website

Installed the hotfix and it has sorted the problem.

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Seriously? YOu are awae that is on a Server WITHOUT SP1 INSTALLED? You do not like patching up that "brand new" machine before putting it into production? To Quote from your link: "The simple solution is to install Windows 2008 R2 SP1" – TomTom Jan 14 '13 at 17:06

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