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6.3. Creating a fully virtualized Windows Server 2003 SP1 Guest

This chapter describes installing a fully virtualized Windows Server 2003 guest. This process is similar to the Windows XP installation covered in Section 6.2, “Installing a Windows XP Guest as a fully virtualized guest”.
Start the installation with virt-manager or virt-install.

Itanium support

Presently, Red Hat Enterprise Linux hosts on the Itanium® architecture do not support fully virtualized windows guests. This section only applies to x86 and x86-64 hosts.
  1. Using virt-install for installing Windows Server 2003 as the console for the Windows guest opens the virt-viewer window promptly. An example of using the virt-install for installing a Windows Server 2003 guest:
    # virt-install -hvm -s 5 -f /var/lib/xen/images/windows2003spi1.dsk \
    -n windows2003sp1 -cdrom=/xen/trees/ISO/WIN/en_windows_server_2003_sp1.iso  \
    -vnc -r 1024
  2. Once the guest boots into the installation you must quickly press F5 . If you do not press F5 at the right time you will need to restart the installation. Pressing F5 allows you to select different HAL or Computer Type . Choose Standard PC as the Computer Type. This is the only non standard step required.
  3. Complete the rest of the installation.
  4. Windows Server 2003 is now installed as a fully virtualized guest.

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