Tried with both Std and Advanced Editions, same error - a message pops
up saying that a process crashed, eventually the installer completes but
says that metadirectory configuration failed.

ii_configure.log shows:

"D:\\products\IDM\windows\setup\configuration\idm_ configure_windows.exe"
-D"IA_USER_JRE_HOME=C:\Novell\IdentityManager\jr e" -i silent -f
exitValue = -1073741819

Verified MD5 for both ISOs

My Windows 2008 R2 image is pretty much stock standard. No other
software aside from VMWare tools is installed.

Anyone else seen this?