VMware Converter Fails on P2V Conversion of RHEL 5.1 Server.
Posted on 2009-07-01
We are trying to virtualize a small (6GB) RHEL 5.1 web server to a VMware ESX 3i server. The conversion process fails at 97% after "Creating inital ramdisk (initrd)". When the new VM boots, it goes into kernel panic since it cannot find the filesystems, such as /dev/root. We are using the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.0.1 build 161434.
The research has been somewhat challenging saying that:
1. VMware does not support a "XEN" kernel
2. You need a VMware Converter Boot CD (which is only available to Enterprise support customers)
3. You need to manually "fix" the Linux boot config
4. You need to run a "Linux rescue"
Has anyone successfully converted a RHEL 5.1 server...? If so, how were you successful? Thanks in advance for the guidance.