Running Windows 10 and 2016 on VMware ESXi 4.1

With the release of Microsoft Server 2016 earlier this month, I decided it was time to actually fire it up on my home network.  After a few fruitless searches online I decided to see if the same trick for running Windows 8 / 2012 on ESXi 4.1 would work and I was pleasantly surprised when it did !

There’s a proper Wiki article for it here but for now the basic steps are as follows:

  • Create a new VM and set it as a Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2 (64-bit)
  • Download the bios file  from the VMware community and upload it to the new VM’s folder
  • Edit the new VM’s .vmx file and add the following lines to the bottom:

bios440.filename = “bios.440.rom

mce.enable = TRUE

cpuid.hypervisor.v0 = FALSE

vmGenCounter.enable = FALSE

You should now be able to install and run Microsoft Server 2016 or Windows 10 on your VMWare ESXi 4.1 server !

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