I thought I was finished dealing with Windows XP in our environment and then this situation popped up.
We had a developer who worked here four years ago and when he left we kept his hard drive for reference in case we needed something from his drive. Well, that day came last week when it was discovered some code was never entered into source safe. I located the old drive and put it in the same model system it came from previously and then performed a p2v on the machine to put a copy of it on our ESXi system.
I booted the machine and it asked me to activate Windows XP. The Dell PC that this ran on was apparently loaded with the OEM disk rather than our VL image and key (we had an ex-IT guy here who was too lazy to reimage the PCs when they were received from Dell). Given this is OEM this cannot legally run on our ESX system so we need to change this install of XP to the VL version.
When virtualizing this system I originally used the IDE controller (as recommended in the converter). The machine would not boot. Googling, I found some users that said to set the controller to scsi so I did the conversion again and this time it booted.
When I attempted to boot the VM XP guest with the XP VL image and was met with this error “Setup did not find any hard disk drives installed in your computer” message. This is because Windows does not have the drivers needed for the controller.
The BusLogic driver comes bundled with VMware products:
You can also download it here: http://download3.vmware.com/software/vmscsi-220.127.116.11.flp.
Upload this file to a volume accessible to vmware, I just have a folder on a volume where I keep all my iso and driver files.
Attach the file to the floppy drive on your vm. Note: Your path will be different for your environment.
Setup will now run and start copying some files for the repair. It will reboot the machine during the repair and run the repair on the machine.
Once complete you can reboot the guest VM and your system should be running the new version of XP for VL. Login, put in your key, activate!