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  • 1.  Guest OS Option

    Posted Jan 25, 2016 10:28 AM

    When I'm trying to deploy a new VM I don't see the option to select 'windows server 2012 r2'. I'm currently on esxi 5.0 469512 & vcenter 5.0 295542

  • 2.  RE: Guest OS Option
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    Posted Jan 25, 2016 10:44 AM

    This is normal, VMware has not implemented a dedicated selection option for 2012 R2 as they don't need to differentiate between the two versions, you can just go with the plain 2012 option. See this article:

    VMware KB: Microsoft Windows Server 2012 R2 guest operating system option is not available

    You're running the completely unpatched, old ESXi 5.0 GA version from 2011 that is full of issues and security holes. 2012 R2 is also only supported from 5.0 U2 onwards:

    VMware Compatibility Guide: Guest/Host Search

    Upgrade to a recent ESXi version (preferably a recent 5.5 or 6.0 version) before you try to install 2012 R2 guests.