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Windows 11 on VMware ESXi - This PC can't run Windows 11

The latest release of Windows 11 requires a Trusted Platform Module (TPM) 2.0 chip. When you try to install Windows 11 as a Virtual Machine on VMware ESXi, the installation fails with a "This PC can't run Windows 11" error. There is no further information on why the setup fails.

By using SHIFT + F10 and notepad x:\windows\panther\setuperr.log or type x:\windows\panther\setuperr.log, you can verify that the reason for the failed setup is a missing TPM Chip:

This article explains two options to install Windows 11 by either disabling the TPM check, or by adding a Virtual Trusted Platform Module (vTPM) to the Virtual Machine.

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VMware Workstation 10 Released - What's New?

VMware Workstation 10 is now available for download. There are some great new features that have been added to the new release including OS support for Windows 8.1, SSD Passthrough and VM Hardware Version 10. As always, the release is available as free Trial (30 Days), Update (119,- USD ex VAT) and Full Version (249,- USD ex VAT).


What's new?

  • Guest OS Support for Windows 8.1
  • Virtual Machine Hardware Version 10
  • 16 vCPUs, 8 TB disks, 64GB memory
  • SSD Passthrough
  • 20 virtual networks
  • USB3 streams support
  • Virtual Tablet Sensors
  • Advanced Restrictions (Expiring VMs)
  • Multiple Monitor Navigation
  • Power Off Suspended Virtual Machines

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VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 (vCSA) Limitations

One of my favorite developments by VMware is the vCenter Server Virtual Appliance (vCSA) as I want to get rid of as much Windows Machines as possible in my environments. It also simplifies the administration because you do not to have to configure and patch another operating system. Unfortunately the vCSA is really rare in a production environment. In my opinion this is caused by the fact that the vCenter Server Appliance always has some limitations, which are often not completely understood.

Here are the limitations from the current version of VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.1:Read More »VMware vCenter Server Appliance 5.1 (vCSA) Limitations

VMware Support Upload Script

Tired from uploading VMware Support logs to VMware tickets i wanted to do this job with just one click. I wrote a script which can be used to upload files to VMwares FTP server quite fast. The script uses the FTPupload howto from KB1008525. Please open a ticket with VMware prior to start this script, to get a support request number. You need the ticketnumber to run the script.Read More »VMware Support Upload Script