Today the Windows 8 Consumer Preview is launched. To install the Windows 8 Consumer Preview as VM in VMware vSphere 5, use the following steps:
1. Install VMware ESXi 5.0 patch release ESXi500-201112001. If you didn’t install the patch the following screen appears when booting the Windows 8 ISO:
Your computer ran into a problem and needs to restart
2. When the patch is installed, create a new VM and choose the following settings:
3. Edit the VM configuration and change the following settings:
|Enable 3D graphics||Choose the Windows 8 ISO to boot from|
|Select as guest OS “Microsoft Windows 8 Server (64-bit)”|
4. Boot the VM and install Windows 8
Now you’re able to install Windows 8 as VM in VMware vSphere 5.
More information can be found here.
Updated: March 8 2012, Removed typos in blog.