PVS tip : Creating PVS vDisk using vSphere 6.x VM hw 10 (or 11)? Need to watch out for following

Found this out recently when looking to utilize the latest VM h/w – fix was as per http://support.citrix.com/article/CTX200969

Issue

Citrix Provisioning Services (PVS) imaging fails for Target Device on ESXi 6.0 with VM version 10 and 11.

Solution

ESXi VM Hardware version 10 and 11 include a SATA controller for CD/DVD Media by default. If the SATA and SCSI controller are present on the PVS Target Device, the target will fail to boot. PVS relies on the SCSI controller, SATA is the only one that can be removed. To resolve this issue, change the Virtual Device Node for the CD/DVD Media from SATA to IDE and remove the SATA controller. This must be performed prior to installing the operating system.

Complete the following steps:

  1. While creating a New Virtual Machine from vSphere Web Client, under Edit Settings -> Customize hardware -> Virtual Hardware, change the Virtual Device Node from SATA to IDE for CD/DVD Media.
  2. After selecting the corresponding IDE radio Button, the Remove option for New SATA Controller becomes active. Remove it by clicking the “X”. Refer to the following screen shot:

    User-added image

Note: If the Virtual Machine is already created, the mentioned steps should be performed by going to Edit Settings -> Virtual hardware in the vSphere Web Client.

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