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New VM locks up after doing a P2V Conversion

compdigit44 asked
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Last Modified: 2012-05-06
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


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


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..
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 ?


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

This was a cold migration
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT Advisor
Top Expert 2008

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,



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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