VMware Converter Error: Failed to Clone Volume C

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Just downloaded the latest VMware converter, and tried to convert a Windows Server 2003 server, but got the error message "Failed to Clone Volume C". It happened at about 10%.
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The log that is generated normally has a clue as to why it failed.
But like I just told another question poster on this board. Try to stop all I/O activity on the server to ensure you can P2v successfully. So stop any applications,  file services, anti-virus, databases, web servers, etc. And then try again. You may then have better luck.
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Not to sound 'untechnological', but that's not surprising (unfortunately). I recently finished a project of converting several of my branch servers with the Standalone Converter tool and it mostly worked ok, but I did have 1 fail. After speaking with support, they said "it's just a tool and not a guarantee to work as designed". They will always recommend creating a VM from scratch. Support gave a few suggestions to try, 1 of which "za_mkh" suggested; another was to install the tool on the server to be converter. Neither of those worked for me. What I had to do was use the converter plug-in within vCenter (I have vSphere/ESX4 infrastructure in my environment already). It converted fine, then I used the Standalone tool to move the created VM from my vCenter infrastructure to my ESXi4 host I wanted it on.

Try what "za" suggested, and also to place the converter tool on the host you want converted (if you already haven't) and let us know.

Regards,
~coolsport00

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I tried running MSCONFIG and only selected the Microsoft services to run with SELECTIVE STARTUP. Restarted the server, and tried to convert it remotely and locally, but none of those things helped. I dont have vCenter to try it with.
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I think Vizioncore (3rd party..and believe it's free; I personally haven't used it) may work:
http://www.vizioncore.com/products/vConverter/features.php

Regards,
~coolsport00
Michael OrtegaSales & Systems Engineer

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Can you post the conversion failure log results?

MO
Michael OrtegaSales & Systems Engineer

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You don't have any problems with the drives in the system you're converting, right? No known issues?

[#5] [task-1] [2010-01-28 11:49:23.654 01836 info 'App'] [,0] Disk number 1 has been skipped because of errors while reading partition table
[#5] [task-1] [2010-01-28 11:49:23.654 01836 info 'App'] [,0] Partition:Invalid sector magic number.
[#5] [task-1] [2010-01-28 11:49:23.654 01836 info 'App'] [,0] Disk number 1 has been skipped because of errors while reading dynamic disks header or LDM database is corrupted

Have you tried a chkdsk?

MO

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chkdsk


The type of the file system is NTFS.

WARNING!  F parameter not specified.
Running CHKDSK in read-only mode.

CHKDSK is verifying files (stage 1 of 3)...
459056 file records processed.
File verification completed.
458 large file records processed.
0 bad file records processed.
0 EA records processed.
2 reparse records processed.
CHKDSK is verifying indexes (stage 2 of 3)...
1790891 index entries processed.
Index verification completed.
5 unindexed files processed.
CHKDSK is verifying security descriptors (stage 3 of 3)...
459056 security descriptors processed.
Security descriptor verification completed.
37145 data files processed.
CHKDSK is verifying Usn Journal...
9280504 USN bytes processed.
Usn Journal verification completed.

 156103573 KB total disk space.
  42142652 KB in 413114 files.
    191112 KB in 37146 indexes.
         0 KB in bad sectors.
    682641 KB in use by the system.
     65536 KB occupied by the log file.
 113087168 KB available on disk.

      4096 bytes in each allocation unit.
  39025893 total allocation units on disk.
  28271792 allocation units available on disk.

Commented:
I have had good luck with PlateSpin PowerConvert when VMware Converter has had troubles.

http://www.platespin.com/Products/powerconvert/

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Commented:
It worked using the Vmware Standalone converter. The first time I was trying to P2V to the NAS lun, but this time I tried to P2V to the local drive on the ESXi box. It worked.

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Commented:
I stopped all IO activity and used msconfig to restart the machine with minimal required services running. I also tried P2Ving it to the local storage of the ESXi server instead of the NAS storage.
Michael OrtegaSales & Systems Engineer

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Congrats.

MO
Top Expert 2010

Commented:
Glad to hear it worked... :)

Regards,
~coolsport00

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