on ESXi 4.x host fails with the error: HAL_INITIALIZATION_FAILED

SUMMARY

This issue occurs because Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 operating system (OS) are not supported in ESXi 4.x.

ISSUE

Symptoms

  • Windows 2012 installation fails with the error: 

    HAL_initialization_failed

Cause

This issue occurs because Windows Server 2012 and Windows 8 operating system (OS) are not supported in ESXi 4.x.

Resolution

There is no resolution for this issue because Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 are not supported in ESXi 4.x versions. Windows 8 and Windows Server 2012 are supported with ESXi 5.0 Update 1 and ESXi 5.0 Update 2.
 
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This has been tested with 7.3 and 8.0 winbmr.iso images.

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