Symantec Livestate and ESXI - restoring image from .v2i

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I have a Livestate image of my C:\ and D:\ drives, c_drive.v2i and d_drive.v2i

The hardware this server existed on has died, I need to move this server to an ESXI host.

Without the .sv2i file, I'm unable to convert this image to a virtual machine.  Does anyone have any ideas to move this image to a VM?

Our ESXI host is version 3.5, I have the following software in my arsenal:
VMware Converer 3.03
Trilead VM Explorer 1.5
VMware Infrastructure Client 2.5
Livestate 8.5
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Hi,

Did you try to download trial of Backup Exec System Recovery (this is now new name for LiveState) 8.5 (www.backupexec.com) and there is an option in it to convert .v2i into .vmdk? New version supports conversion of v2i image files to the VMDK files. I am not sure if this new version will require .sv2i but I think it will work without those.

best regards,
Vladimir

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what could I do with a .vmdk file?  See the attached image for what VMware Converter can use....
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ESXi use VMDK files to represent hard disk, so all you need is to copy them to the ESXi server (you can use FASTSCP for example), create VM and attach those VMDK files to the Virtual Machine (VM). You don't need VMware converter to use VMDK files.
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I should've known better before I asked, I've seen that extension around before.....
I'm installing LSR 8.5 right now.

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Okay I installed LSR 8.5 and enabled SSH on my ESXI host.  I'm following the 'one time conversion wizard' within LSR but receive the attached error.  When I click continue the directory listed for me to browse on my virtual ESXI host is called TEST.  I don't have a directory on this server named TEST.  I only have datastore2.  Plus, it locks up if I select this directory - preventing me from moving forward with a conversion, which I suspect is coming from the error I received during the previous step.  I've browsed the user guides for LSR but it's all pretty basic information.

Any ideas?
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Did you try to convert outside of ESX (to some disk space) and then to manualy copy VMDK files?

This is the first time I see above error and I don't have a clue what could be the problem.

Vladimir

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yeah, after selecting the "test" volume following the error, it realizes that volume doesn't exist and let's me save locally.  That also errors out - I can recreate shortly and provide that error as well.

I need to get this machine restored asap, it's business critical.  I have the two partition .v2i files, any other ideas to restore this?  I don't have to ESXI this....please provide additional suggestions.

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If you can get VMDK files than you can use VMware Player to RUN it.

Also, in Backup Exec System Recovery, you have a tool Recovery Point Browser that mount .v2i file as another disk so you will be able to get access to the content of .v2i images - if this helps?

Best regards,
Vladimir

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yeah I can browse the .v2i images with recovery browser, but overall I just need some instruction to bring these two partitions up on new hardware.

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Hi,

Did you try to use Symantec Recovery Disk (bootable CD) from BESR that will enable you to restore those v2i files to hardware? I am not sure if this option works in trial mode, it should. So, you can use this boot CD and do bare metal recovery on new hardware or you can do the same with VM (mount this CD to virtual machine).

best regards,
Vladimir

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