ESXi Virtualize Server 2003 for Small Business, shuts down immediately
Posted on 2010-03-27
We are trying to migrate a Server 2003 installation from a physical server to a VM on an ESXi. The original server only had a 160GB hard drive in it and the guy that installed it sliced it up into 3 partitions. That said, we're also trying to resize the partitions as a part of the migration. At any rate, we have a Windows XP Pro VM on the ESXi server that we're using to do the migration and the actual P->V seems to go well. We are able to boot the server but we get an error on boot notifying us that 'At least one service or driver failed during startup...'. The VM goes through the boot process and gets to 'Preparing network connections'. It will stay there for a time and then immediately start the shutdown process, with no opportunity to log into the server. We have tried the P->V process multiple times, sometimes without resizing the partitions and trying each of the SCSI controllers, etc., with no luck.