When I first downloaded Windows 8 Developer Edition and Windows Server 8 Developer Edition, I haven’t been able to boot the iso and install these new OS. I needed to install it on a physical machine, or vmware fusion and tyhen P2V to my XenServer 6 Beta Project Boston

Then I found a very cool tip on Thomas Koetzing blog :

You must create a VM with a Win7 template and copy the virtual machine UUID from the general tab in XenCenter or use xe vm-list in the CLI.  Next you need to run the command xe vm-param-set uuid=<VMUUID> platform:viridian=false

Once you’ve done this modification, you’ll be able to install Windows 8 all edition.

And then if you want to install the Xentools, you can do it simply by mounting the xentools iso and right click the xensetup.exe file and chose properties. On the Compatibility tab, change the compatibility mode to Windows 7. Everything ran smoothly for me and Xentools works on my two Windows 8 vms

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  • Rob

    tried this a couple of times, Windows 7 64 bit template, ran xe vm-param-set uuid= platform:viridian=false after getting the VMUUID, rebooted XenServer then the Virtual Windows 7 with sorage set to the Windows 8 64 bit iso … just get loading files and then a blank screen?

  • Hi Rob,

    about 64 bit I only tried the server version with a Windows 2008 R2 template.

    I can try Windows 8 x64 tonight and let you know if you want



  • Rob,

    I tried it and it works fine. what is your XenServer version ?
    Did you try to reboot your xenserver or at least restart the toolstack.


  • Post Edited: Install Windows 8 on XenServer 6 Beta Project Boston http://t.co/PlhRA55k

  • This also works for XenServer 5.6 FP1. Thanks for this article. Le’t’s play……

  • How about just using the Other Install Media option which works just fine.

  • It’s not needed to do this…
    If you create a new VM, you have the possibility to set the checkbox: “Copy host BIOS strings to VM”. This is all you need to proper install Windows Server 2012 / Windows 8, if your hardware is correctly configured (which should be, if you’ve installed XenServer successfully).


  • Thank you Maik,
    Since XenServer 6.0.2 I don’t think we need any of these tricks 🙂

  • Maik

    Ok :). At the moment, I didn’t have installed XS 6.0.2.