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!