VMWare Sphere 5 Boot Delay

Update: This will also work for 5.1 and 5.5.

Note, this is a WhiteBox setup so not all parts are officially supported by VMWare. Specs below…

  • i7 2600K
  • Gigabyte P67A-UD4 B3
  • 8GB DDR3-1866hz 9-9-9
  • 1TB Samsung F3 drives
  • Intel Gigabit Network card

Now, the issue here is that after a clean install of VMWare Sphere 5, boot-up would take at least 5-9 min to complete from a clean power-on. Compared to an upgrade from VMWare Sphere 4.1U1 which will load all the necessary drivers right away after a restart/power-on. It seems like its not detecting the HDD at all at first glance but soon found its way. Further tests, experiments and research yielded that this is a side-effect on how VMWare handled their installation process in VMWare Sphere 5 compared to 4.1U1. In 4.1U1, it uses the MBR for the boot process by default, while in 5.0 it uses GPT. You can fixed this if you force the installer to use MBR during the installation phase.
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