Small Business Server 2003 Auto Shutdown in VMWARE.

Posted on 2008-10-14
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
I'm running an image of a server in Small Business Server 2003 in VMWARE. During bootup at the login screen right before you can login and sometimes a few seconds after pressing CTRL-ALT-DEL the server says it is Shutting Down.

We can always login under Safe Mode, and there is nothing listed in the Event Log concerning Shutdowns or Critical Errors.

The VMWARE image was created using VMWARE Converter on a live production server. IE: While the server was running.
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by:Philip Elder
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Is this a trial version? What key did you use to install the OS? Did you activate it yet?

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by:Philip Elder
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Should have read that last line a little closer - 8*| My apologies ...

When you head into Safe Mode check your devices ... does the original SBS have a RAID controller?

Install the VMWare extensions while in Safe Mode if allowed to do so and try again.


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When I try to install VMWare Tools I get a windows installer message  saying "The system administrator has set policies to prevent this installation." Of course I have to install it in wafe mode as I cant get into regular mode,
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I've removed all unnecessary services and startup programs. Now it just shuts down faster :)
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by:Philip Elder
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There is something missing in the process of conversion ...

What we do:
 Create an image using ShadowProtect by StorageCraft.
 Put that image on a network share.
 Create our VM with a NIC attached to our network.
 Boot the SP CD ISO in the VM and restore the image to VM.
 Use the Hardware Independent Restore option to set the Hyper-V Integration Services in prior to restore.
Works for us.

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Alright, we'll head to the server and re-cap a new image.

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It turns out the problem was the UPS service shutting the computer down right when the it loaded, as the VM did not detect a battery backup.

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