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I am using Acronis true image echo enterprise server on my server and i have created a tib file using that...now what i want to do is use this tib file in vmware and run it to make sure that the backup is a good one and windows can be booted properly and also because i want to add some new software in a test enviornment

i have read some stuff regarding this and did the following things without any success

1. I tried using an iso image of acronis rescue media builder with universal restore and using it to boot and then using recovery to recover the tib file to a new drive....that didnt work and after restore the virtual machine just gave me blue screen and wont boot
2. I tried converting the tib file to a vmdk file using the Convert to virtual machine option in the echo server....i then mounted that vmdk as a new disk in a new virutal machine and tried to boot with it but it keeps restarting

what am i doing wrong???
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You need the Acronis True Image Universal restore option. This should do the trick.
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as i already mentioned in my question i have taken the restored it using the universal restore option but it just gives me blue screen error
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The way to convert to virtual machine is to use VMware vConverter. Using Acrnois' converter doesn't work sometimes.  You also need to make sure that you're not using an OEM OS, this may cause the license screen to come up since the hardware although virtual is different.

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ok i will use the vmware converter today and get back with the results
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well i tried converting the echo server image using vmware converter and then using the created machine with vmware workstation but i still get the bluescreen error

there was one thing though...vmware converter told me that it did not have the sysprep files for use with the converter but when i closed and opened it it did not give that error again
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What OS are you trying to convert?
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2003 server enterprise r2
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Try taking an image of a server using Acronis True Image Server or Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery and give it a shot
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i had acronis true image server installed 2 weeks ago and i have tried using its image file as well but it has the same problem....blue screen errors....does this have anything to do with sysprep files???cause i have copied the files from the debug directory in the installation cd to the folder that it told me

also i am using vmware vcenter converter standalone to convert the image
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Which release of Vmwareconverter are you using ?

4.0? Stand alone?

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