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VMware Vcenter Converter Standalone issue - Windows 2003 not booting.

Posted on 2009-07-10
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Strange issue that I have never experienced before.

When I convert my windows Terminal server using Vcenter converter standalone, When I try to boot it on the esx 4.0 server, it doesn't boot.

Just sits with a black screen and 1 dash -

If I power it off, I can force it to boot in to the bios but can't get it to do anything else.

No errors in the logs and no errors in the converter job.

Any one have any ideas why it might not work?
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by:canuc0
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Not sure if this will help, but I have experienced similar issues using ESXi 3.5 in that a VM will load, but it will not appear to boot up in the console. I believe in my situation to be a video driver problem.
Have you tried to terminal into it - mstsc /console? If that works, then the issue is VMware console and not the integrity of the actual VM image.
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Yea, but can't get near it.
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by:paulsolov
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Try downloading Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery or Acronis and taking an image of the physical machine. Once imaged try converting it and see if you can do it that way.  It's a workaround I've used at times when vConverter gives me fits, especiallly with Windows 2000 systems.
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I managed to get it working properly now.

Changing some conversion options helped me out.
I changed 2 options:

I changed the virtual machine version to Version 4.
I changed the disk controller to SCSI bus logic instead of SCSi LSi Logic.

It seemed to work.

I'm assuming change the disk controller option in vcenter converter 4 standalone was the thing that made it work.
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