I set off on a quest to get the home backup / media server / remote access solution Windows Home Server with Power Pack 3 running inside of VMware Fusion 3 running on top of Apple OSX Snow Leopard (10.6).
Why, you ask? Simply because I thought I could… A little while after downloading the Windows Home Server trial, it became apparent that there was no selection for this operating system. No matter, I thought, it’s based on Windows Server 2003, so I should simply be able to select that, right? Unfortunately not that easy. First, the hard disk type selected by default by VMware Fusion is SCSI. Without a driver disk (virtual floppy), you’ll have no luck. Also, the amount of memory available doesn’t meet the Windows Home Server requirements.
Try these settings:
- Windows Server 2003 Web Server
- No “easy install” settings
- 512MB RAM
- Remove the default HDD
- Add an 80GB IDE HDD
- Make sure the ISO is mounted
Things seem to be working at this point.
Hope this helps someone, I trawled Google and the Fusion forums with no luck.