While installing Windows Server 2008 R2 for a customer as a Hyper-V guest on a Windows Server 2008 R2 Hyper-V host I ran into the following error:
Load Driver: A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please insert it now.
I have never seen this dialog box before, and couldn’t quite imagine what driver was requested and why, as I was using a standard virtual harddisk connected to the virtual IDE controller. I doublechecked the settings for the controller used to connect the VHD file, and it was set to use IDE 0. This is important as booting from the SCSI controller is not supported.
Not being able to figure it out myself, I did a quick enquiry amongst some colleagues, and Eric replied with the following:
“I’ve seen this once on an installation done on physical hardware from a DVD. It turned out that something strange had happened during the image burning process, rendering the DVD unusable in some way. What I did was to burn the DVD again, this time using ImgBurn software instead of the Windows 7 built-in tools; this worked a charm.
When I tried to read the first DVD with Windows 7, it seemed to have a totally different and unrecognised filesystem.
So it seems the ISO image is the culprit, try another image / copy.”
Armed with this insight, I managed to get another fresh ISO image onto the host server, and proceeded to successfully install Windows Server 2008 R2 as a Hyper-V guest on the same host.
Thanks Eric, you shine again as usual! [H] [Y]