At first had some problems installing Windows Small Business Server 2008 in VMWare because my host system only has 4GB of ram, but SBS also requires 4GB otherwise it won't even start.
To circumvent the "Additional Hardware Needed" follow the following steps:
1. After logging in at the "Install Windows Small Business Server 2008" window press ctrl
and click New Task (Run...)
in the File
2. Enter regedit
and click OK
. The Registry Editor
will now be launched.
3. In the Registry Editor navigate to HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\Winlogon
and rename the Shell
value to something else (e.g. Shell_bak
4. Create a new String Value
with the name Shell
and enter as Value
5. Restart your pc by clicking Cancel at "Additional Hardware Needed" screen. Next time your pc will boot normally!
About the Server 2008 to Workstation tweaks: I expect they 'll all work. As a test I installed the Desktop Experience Feature according to the steps
in the manual and it all worked flawlessly!
Good luck and let me hear if you encounter any problems!