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Hyper-V : Unsuported Guest OS error when installing IC in a VM running Windows 2003 x64 R2

September 2, 2009 Leave a comment
 
Windows 2003 R2 is on the list of Guest operating systems that are supported on a Hyper-V virtual machine.
 

Windows Server 2003, x64-based editions

Note Virtual machines are configured to use one or two virtual processors.

  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Standard x64 Edition with Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Enterprise x64 Edition with Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2003 R2 Datacenter x64 Edition with Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2003 Standard x64 Edition with Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2003 Enterprise x64 Edition with Service Pack 2
  • Windows Server 2003 Datacenter x64 Edition with Service Pack 2
Btw, how can we get the error telling that the Guest OS is not supported ?
 
The Installation Wizard for integration support tools will typically fail to complete on a version of the operating system not directly supported by Microsoft
 
I will explain :
 
Key to the support of a guest operating system is not just whether Microsoft officially supports the guest operating system under Hyper-V, but also whether the integration support tools are available for the given operating system. This is where the version of operating system is critical. If you install Windows 2003 SP1 and want to install the Windows 2003 integration support tools, for instance, you will get an error saying that the integration tools will install only on Windows 2003 with Service Pack 2 installed.
 
So, before trying to install the Integrated Component Services on a Virtual Machine running Windows 2003 x64 R2, you need to install the SP2 first.
 
Steps to fix the issue
 
2. Capture the ISO on the Windows 2003 R2 x64 VM
3. Install the SP2
4. Reboot
5. Install the Integrated Component Services
 
 
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