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New VM locks up after doing a P2V Conversion

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I'm trying to run a P2V on one of my Windows 2003. P2V compelets this conversion successfully yet when I try to power up the new VM. It stats to load Windows 2003 then hangs on the blank gray screen. I have tried three P2V's on this server all with the same result. Please help.
 Also I'm running ESX 3.5 Update 3 & VirtaulCenter 2.5 and all of my VM are stored locally on the servers. I DO NOT have a SAN YET......
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Try disconnecting the network card on the virtual machine in the VC conole - connect at power on (turn this off)
See if the machine will then make it to a log on screen.
Also these werent domain controllers were they

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NO this server wasn't a DC...it is a citrix server

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Ok I did connected the NIC and was able to boot up but as soon as I tried to install VMWare tools my VM powered down for no reason. NOw it won't even start up again.. I'm not getting any errors..please advise..
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Make sure the VM NIC stays disconnected then start it up and what happens?
There will be something - it just doesnt shut off with no messages

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How was the migration done ?
Was it a cold migration or a hot migration ?

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I am sure the NIC is disconnected and the vm still will not power up at all

This was a cold migration
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Try this, download and install symantec backup exec system recovery eval.  Image Citrix and use vmware converter to convert the image to a virtual machine.  If this doesn't work try doing a repair once you've done the P2V.

I normally do not recommend virtualizing citrix server via P2V, normally we configure a fresh VM and install citrix as part of the farm so that we can otimize the virtual machine for citrix.

Here's some tips and tricks for citrix,

http://www.brianmadden.com/blogs/gabeknuth/archive/2007/08/27/a-short-guide-to-virtualizing-presentation-and-terminal-servers-on-vmware-esx-3.aspx

http://www.stefanschuller.com/guides/guide-optimize-performance-citrix-vmware-esx.html

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You could also try another cold migration and resize the disks, only a couple of MB:s up or down, then converter copies the disk(s) file by file instead of cloning it.

Regarding the "blank grey screen" at startup, how long did you wait for the login screen? I have had some conversions where i had to wait for as long as 30 minutes before the login screen appeared. When it finally appeared i was able to login and install vmware tools and then the server worked perfect.

But as paulsolov says, the best option is probably to reinstall citrix on a fresh VM.
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