Can't get virtual machines to boot.
Posted on 2007-10-08
I've created a couple of virtual machines using VMWare converter. The machines were:
- created "hot".
- No software mirroring used.
- No dynamic disks used.
When attempting to boot the virtual machines, I get a message along the lines of files being corrupted or missing, and that recovery console could be used to repair the OS.
I got the virtual machines to boot from a WinXP cd, but then the XP installer couldn't find any
disks. I managed to find a VMWare SCSI driver, and this enabled the XP installer to at least see
the virtual disk and it's current installation.
I think the problem is possibly related to the lack of VMWare SCSI driver. If I could get WinXP to do a repair installation, the SCSI driver would be included and I think the problem may be resolved. However windows doesn't give the option to do a repair installation- I have to do a fresh install, and this defeats the purpose of having created the virtual disk from our preferred production XP machines in the first place.
My guess is that I either need to be able to do a repair install, or have the VMWare SCSI driver included
in the image prior to running VMWare converter. Any advice appreciated.
Our enviornment is:
- VMWare Converter 3.0.1
- Virtual Infrastructure client 2.0.1
- Virtual Infrastructure server 2.0.1
- VMWare ESX server 3.0.1