Oct 172008
 

I was trying to installing VMWare Server 2.0 but it kept getting this error

System Administrator has set policies to prevent this installation.

Quick and dirty solution in 8 steps:

  1. Click Start -> Control Panel
  2. Open Administrative Tools
  3. Open Local Security Settings
  4. Click Software Restriction Policies
    1. If no software restrictions are defined, right click the Software Restriction Policies node and select New Software Restriction Policy
  5. Double click Enforcement
  6. Select “All users except local administrators”
  7. Click OK
  8. Reboot
Jan 272008
 

VMWare Server 2.0 Beta.

You define a Linux virtual machine (or import a machine defined elsewhere) and it standsĀ  forever during boot in “SCSI Spinning Disk”.

This is due to the fact that machine has been defined using BusLogic SCSI while it should be using LSI.

Change Virtual Disk Controller Type to LSI and everything should restart working fine.

Jan 272008
 

Although unsure about the reasons why this happened, I’m reporting this since it might be useful in future.

Situation: have a working small (6 MB) Linux Live CD with kernel 2.6.8-1 running in VMWare workstation, defined as Linux 2.2.x Kernel guest OS.

Tried same in VMWare Free Server 2.0 Beta defining guest OS as Other Linux 32 bit and I got a kernel panic with following screenshot:

Panic

Apparently the reason was that VM OS needed to be defined as “Other 32 bit” guest OS… at least this solved the issue to me.