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Need Help Migrating a Physical PC Over to VMWare Fusion on a Mac

Just installed VMWare Fusion 3.0.1 on to a MacBook Pro running OS X 10.5.8. Trying to use the Migration Assistant in VMWare to transfer the files & settings off of a Dell laptop running Windows XP Home.

However, VMWare Fusion is not finding the Dell laptop in spite of the fact that both are on the same Wifi network.

How can I determine the exact IP address assigned to the Dell laptop?

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strungCommented:
In the Dell, go to Start: Run and type in CMD and hit return. Then in the resulting black box type IPCONFIG /ALL (note the space before the slash). Hit return. That should give you the IP address of the wireless interface.
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anuneznycAuthor Commented:
Thanks. I got the IP address. I type that in into the Migration Assistant in VMWare Fusion and then it asks me for the User Name and PW of the Dell. I type it in and I get a message saying that it is connecting to the computer. But after 5 minutes it fails and I get the error message "Converter failed to connect to remote machine."
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anuneznycAuthor Commented:
Strung, thanks for that useful link. I didn't realize I needed to download & install software to the PC to make this work. Once installed, the MacBook was now able to connect w/ the PC.  It is now in the process of migrating the data over.

I will keep this open for now in case I have any other problems. It says it could take up to 24 hrs to complete.
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anuneznycAuthor Commented:
Unfortunately, the migration failed. May have been that the wireless connection failed overnight and interrupted the process. So I am trying to re-run it, but now I'm a connection error every single time!

Error message is:
"Converter failed to connect to remote machine. Unable to access the remote converter Standalone Agent service. It either does not exist  or is not responding."

No idea why I'm getting this? As far as I can tell nothing has changed on either machine since the attempt on Wed.
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strungCommented:
If your PC is set up as DHCP, it may have changed its IP address.

I suggest you connect both computers to your router using ethernet cables as wireless is probably too slow. Reboot both computers and double check the IP address again.
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anuneznycAuthor Commented:
Oh yeah. Forgot to mention that this time I was trying to do it using the ethernet cables rather than wireless.
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anuneznycAuthor Commented:
It's odd b/c I can ping the PC from the Mac, so the Mac is able to see the PC.

Searched VMWare support site, but didn't find anything on this.
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strungCommented:
The IP address for the ethernet adapter is probably different from the IP address of the wireless adapter. I suggest you turn off the wireless adapters on both computers until you finish the migration.

After turning off the wireless adapter, run IPCONFIG /ALL again on the PC.
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anuneznycAuthor Commented:
Yes, I had turned off the wireless adapters beforehand to make sure the transfer would only take place over the Ethernet cables. Still didn't work.

I decided to uninstall the Migration Assistant from the Dell PC and then I re-installed it. Now the Mac can see the Dell and the migration is currently in progress and going much, much faster (already at 60%). Hope it completes this time.

Will update after it completes.

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anuneznycAuthor Commented:
It worked.
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