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cannot determing guest operating system

mikeleahy
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hi
i have esx server 3.5. i am trying to do a clone conversion using vmware converter on a dell poweredge 1950 (6 months old) which is running server 2003 SP2. when it tries to read the source i get the error "cannot determine guest operating system". i have also gotten then on another new server. any ideas on how to get around this. its kinda urgent
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Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Fault Tolerant RAID causes "Unable to Determine Guest Operating System" error during hot clone.

If the source machine uses Windows software mirroring, the import will fail with the error message, "Unable to Determine Guest Operating System."

You' would have to break the software mirror before running the conversion.

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its a cold clone

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or you could cold clone the server.. Download the boot cd ISO from VMWare.

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I AM DOING A COLD CLONE
za_mkhIT Manager

Commented:
Ok, then what about a hot clone?

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Commented:
its a sql box so cant do that
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New VMWare Converter just came out give it a try, install directly on the physical box, shutdown sql services and try to push out.

If fails download Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery and install on server.  Turn off sql services, image server and shut down.  Use vmware converter to convert image to a virtual machine, vmware converter knows it as a native format.

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