If your using a QNAP NAS go to QNAP.COM, Support, Tutorials & FAQ, Tutorials, Virtualization Station. This details how to do it. Basically you copy the installation disc as an ISO file and then create the VM pointing to the ISO. Select the console and complete the usual Windows install procedure. If I remember correctly there is no specific option for WHS2011 VM so just use the 2008 Server R2 VM option.
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The system is a Dell SC440 with mirrored drives on a RocketRaid RAID card. The drives are not full.
Most services which are failing point to WindowsServerServiceProviderRegistry as a dependency. It is not started.
Windows Server Service provider registry gives me a 1067 error: Windows could not start the Windows Server Service Provider Registry service on Local Computer. The process terminated unexpectedly. It's dependencies are started.
The Event viewer has an error on ProviderRegistryService.exe....Unhandled exception in OnStart System.Configuration: Configuration Errors Exception: Unable to open the configSourcefile 'system.diagnostics.config' (C:\Program Files\Windows Server\Bin\ProviderRegestryService.exe. Config line 43
Line 43 in that file is </configuration>