VMware Server 2.0 installation error

November 15th, 2008 by jason Leave a reply »

I ran into an installation error this afternoon with VMware Server 2.0 on Windows Server 2003 R2.  It was a dialog box that popped up and said “The System Administrator has set policies to prevent this installation“.  The error prevents the installation from proceeding and offers only one course of action which is to click “Ok” and the installation terminates.

The workaround is as follows:

  1. Click Start
  2. Click Run
  3. gpedit.msc <enter>
  4. Drill down to Computer configuration
    1. Windows Settings
      1. Security Settings
        1. Software Restriction Policies
  5. Right click Software Restriction Policies
  6. Choose Create New Policies
  7. On the right hand side, right click Enforcement
  8. Choose Properties
  9. Down below, choose All users except local administrators
  10. Click OK
  11. Close Group Policy
  12. Open a Command Prompt
  13. Run the command gpupdate /force <enter>
  14. When local group policy is finished updating, re-run the VMware Server 2.0 setup

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  1. Jedimasterdave says:

    You are the master!! i just spent 2 hours trying to fix this… Thanks!

  2. Carl says:

    THis worked a treat and is now installed on SBS.



  3. Shades Of Black says:

    Good tip[, well documented on the VMWARE website.


    Scroll down past most to area about event logs and memory issues.