[ovirt-users] Server 2012 R2 no drive found

René Koch rkoch at linuxland.at
Wed May 28 14:43:51 UTC 2014

On 05/28/2014 02:45 PM, Neil wrote:
> Thank you Rene, greatly appreciated.

No problem.

> I'm using the Server 2012 R2 Standard edition and at this point I
> haven't even got a NIC added to the VM.

I installed Server 2012 R2 Standard as well.

> Another piece of info which might be useful (or not) is I'm using a FC
> SAN for storage, not sure if this would have any affect.

This shouldn't have an effect. I have oVirt/RHEV running/installed on 
RC/iSCSI/NFS/GlusterFS and local storage and it never had an influence 
on virtual disks.

Here are my findings from 2 installation tests:

- IDE works fine out of the box - installer detects the hard drive and I 
can install on this disk (see attached screenshot)

- VirtIO works fine if you use the drivers from linux-kvm.org but it's a 
bit tricky as there's no virtual floppy disk (vfd) and oVirt only has 1 
virtual CD drive:

1. Download 
to your ISO domain
2. Start installation of Windows Server 2012 R2 by booting from Windows 
Server ISO
3. As no disk is detected choose Load driver
4. In webadmin change cd to virtio-win-0.1-74.iso
5. In Windows installer use Windows8/amd64 drivers (select all drivers 
which are detected on cd)
6. Change cd to Windows Server 2012 R2 ISO and click on Refresh in 
Windows disk setup dialog (Installer displays the disk but complains 
that it can't install on this disk because the Windows Server ISO isn't 

So as a conclusion:
You can install Server 2012 R2 without driver disk from RHEL 
supplementary channel (and therefor without a valid RHEL subscription), 
but you have to choose drivers for Windows 8, as there are no official 
drivers available for Server 2012 (or at least I couldn't find them).

I hope this helps.


> Thanks.
> Regards.
> Neil Wilson.
> On Wed, May 28, 2014 at 2:42 PM, René Koch <rkoch at linuxland.at> wrote:
>> Hi Neil,
>> I'll test Windows Server 2012 R2 again with IDE and VirtIO disks (and e1000
>> and VirtIO network cards) with VirtIO-drivers from RHEL channel and drivers
>> bundles with spice guest agent and will let you know the results. Please
>> keep in mind that it will take some time...
>> Btw, I will use Windows 2012 R2 english, 180-days trial...
>> Regards,
>> René
>> On 05/28/2014 01:11 PM, Neil wrote:
>>> Hi guys,
>>> Is anyone able to assist here? I still can't install 2012 R2, whether
>>> I use IDE, virtio, or virtio-scsi, I don't see a drive during the
>>> first install.
>>> I've tried the "virtio-win-1.6.8/vioserial/2k12R2/amd64" as a test and
>>> this also doesn't work, so it doesn't seem like a driver issue, more
>>> of a cluster issue.
>>> I've also tried changing my Datacenter compatibility and Cluster to
>>> 3.4, but this seemed to make no difference. Both my hosts are upgraded
>>> to Centos 6.5 all updates, as well as my ovirt and VDSM is updated to
>>> the latest stable 3.4 packages.
>>> I'm at a loss here, but desperately need to get this R2 installed.
>>> Further to what Paul mentioned below, this was upgraded from 3.1 so it
>>> doesn't just appear to happen to new 3.4 installs.
>>> Any help is greatly appreciated.
>>> On Mon, May 26, 2014 at 12:45 PM, Neil <nwilson123 at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>> Hi guys,
>>>> Thanks for the replies.
>>>> What's strange is that even when choosing an IDE disk I don't see any
>>>> hard drive showing up when I try to install 2012R2, is this normal? I
>>>> can understand why R2 won't see the virtio scsi disk, but to me it
>>>> should be showing up when using IDE, or am I wrong here?
>>>> I see that in the virtio drivers from RHEL supplementary there is a
>>>> folder "virtio-win-1.6.8/vioserial/2k12R2/amd64" but the license seems
>>>> to indicate that you need a valid subscription in order to use these
>>>> drivers... if this is true then is no one using server 2012 R2 on
>>>> oVirt without a valid subscription?
>>>> I see with the drivers from
>>>> "http://alt.fedoraproject.org/pub/alt/virtio-win/latest/images/src/"
>>>> there is only a Win8 driver, and trying to use this on my 2012 R2
>>>> doesn't find a matching driver.
>>>> Can anyone clarify this from Redhat? If you using RHEV, presumably you
>>>> can use R2, but it seems using oVirt you aren't allowed to?
>>>> Thanks.
>>>> Regards.
>>>> Neil Wilson.
>>>> On Fri, May 23, 2014 at 10:40 PM, Paul.LKW <paul.lkw at gmail.com> wrote:
>>>>> Hi guys:
>>>>> Please do not just say your one is working it is helpless in fact there
>>>>> already some guys reported issues in Win platform (including me) and
>>>>> there
>>>>> is no way to report that, do your think paid version in Redhat would be
>>>>> the
>>>>> same or the client will already fxxked.
>>>>> I noted this seems occured only in newly installed ovirt and old
>>>>> installation is fine.
>>>>> Paul.LKW
>>>>> 於 2014/5/23 下午11:02,"Neil" <nwilson123 at gmail.com> 寫道:
>>>>>> Hi guys,
>>>>>> I've been trying to install 2012 R2 onto my ovirt 3.4 but no matter
>>>>>> what I do, it either doesn't find an IDE drive or a Virtio drive (when
>>>>>> using the virtio ISO).
>>>>>> ovirt-engine-lib-3.4.0-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> ovirt-engine-restapi-3.4.0-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> ovirt-engine-setup-plugin-ovirt-engine-3.4.0-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> ovirt-engine-3.4.0-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> ovirt-engine-setup-plugin-websocket-proxy-3.4.0-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> ovirt-host-deploy-java-1.2.0-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> ovirt-engine-cli-
>>>>>> ovirt-engine-setup-3.4.0-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> ovirt-host-deploy-1.2.0-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> ovirt-engine-backend-3.4.0-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> ovirt-image-uploader-3.4.0-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> ovirt-engine-tools-3.4.0-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> ovirt-engine-sdk-python-
>>>>>> ovirt-engine-webadmin-portal-3.4.0-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> ovirt-engine-setup-base-3.4.0-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> ovirt-iso-uploader-3.4.0-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> ovirt-engine-userportal-3.4.0-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> ovirt-log-collector-3.4.1-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> ovirt-engine-websocket-proxy-3.4.0-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> ovirt-engine-setup-plugin-ovirt-engine-common-3.4.0-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> ovirt-engine-dbscripts-3.4.0-1.el6.noarch
>>>>>> vdsm-4.14.6-0.el6.x86_64
>>>>>> vdsm-xmlrpc-4.14.6-0.el6.noarch
>>>>>> vdsm-cli-4.14.6-0.el6.noarch
>>>>>> vdsm-python-zombiereaper-4.14.6-0.el6.noarch
>>>>>> vdsm-python-4.14.6-0.el6.x86_64
>>>>>> qemu-img-
>>>>>> qemu-kvm-tools-
>>>>>> qemu-kvm-
>>>>>> gpxe-roms-qemu-0.9.7-6.9.el6.noarch
>>>>>> Is there a special trick to get this working, or could something be
>>>>>> wrong? When it comes to creating a guest I don't see a Server 2012 R2
>>>>>> 64bit in the drop down list?
>>>>>> Thanks.
>>>>>> Regards.
>>>>>> Neil Wilson.
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