Windows Server 2008 x64 VM won't boot on vmware server 2.01, on poweredge 2950 with VT enabled.

I'm trying to convert, via vmware converter, a windows server 2008 x64 box, to a vm to be hosted on a dell poweredge 2950, running vmware server 2.0.1.   The conversion seems to go well, and the VM will boot in safe mode.   But I can't boot the VM normally.  It gets as far as "applying computer setttings" then it locks up, and after a short delay, the VM powers down by itself.  The host machine, the 2950, is also running windows server 2008 x64, and VT is ENABLED in the BIOS.  Any suggestions/ideas would be greatly appreciated.
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fbcbloodcenterCommented:
if it boots in safe mode then it could be some kind of driver issue.
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Typical issue.  Go into safe mode if you can and remove any Dell related drivers/hardware that is no longer on the system.  You should also stop any hardware related services (disable) before you P2V..usually not a big deal but sometimes needs tweaking.

On another note if you have an OEM license on the physical machine the only way to activate windows is to do a repair with a volume CD/DVD and a volume license key
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psueocAuthor Commented:
this is already a volume license copy.  

Also, I've tried your suggestion above, and so far, unless I'm missing something, it hasn't seemed to help, it still won't boot in normal mode.  I should also mention that when I do boot into safe mode, it prompts me to install drivers for a "base system device".   It can't seem to find these drivers anywhere....even online, when booting into "safe mode with networking".
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
It's trying to install the new hardware.  Without vmware tools it's not going to find it.  Try disabling as much hardware in the bios of the VM so it can boot up and once you get in there install vmware tools and it will fix the issue.

Is this a Domain Controller by chance?
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psueocAuthor Commented:
yes it is
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
I've seen it take over an hour or two, sometimes longer because it doesn't see the nic yet and trying to replicate ot the other DCs.  If you login in safe mode and see a nic give it an ip address and join it to a vswitch that's not connected to anything that may expedite things.

There may be issues with P2V of DCs due to ticket number updates, etc..

I normally prefer to stand up a new VM, DCPROMO, and migrate FSMO roles.
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psueocAuthor Commented:
an hour or 2 to do do what??
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psueocAuthor Commented:
I've disable all the unnecessary hardware in the VMWARE bios and still no normal boot.
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
It may take up to an hour or more to boot because it's a DC that doesn't have a network card and is trying to find AD and other domain controllers to replicate.  It will time out eventually and let you login.
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psueocAuthor Commented:
That's fine....I have time.....but right now it won't boot normally at all.
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Try this:

Install Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery Server or Acronis on the physical domain controller, take an image and use vConverter to convert the image to a VM.  Or you can use vConerter to reconert directly.
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psueocAuthor Commented:
what would be the advantage of trying again....I did a direct conversion the first time?
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
You stated that when you first did the conversion it was coming up in safe mode and just hanging in normal mode and now it's not doing either from what I understand in your previous quote.  

If all it's doing is Active directory, I would recommend standing a clean VM, it will save you hours in troubleshooting replication AD issues
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psueocAuthor Commented:
no...it still boot fine in safe mode...sorry for the confusion....

unfortunetly....it does far more than just AD.
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
One more thing you can try if you don't want to reconvert using an image or direct.  You can take an OS CD and boot up and perform a repair.  This may do the trick
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psueocAuthor Commented:
i tried.....the only option it gives me is a full system recovery..which I don't have a backup of this system, at least not the kind of backup accepted by the system recovery utility.
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
try this

Boot from OS install disk

Select next after making sure the language options are correct.
Select Repair option
Select CMD
CD into recovery
Type Dir
Run the StartRep.exe command in the list.

That should do a basic repair to the OS.
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psueocAuthor Commented:
no go.....that's the startup repair option.....and it says everything is ok.
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
so when you boot into normal mode it doesn't do anything at all?
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psueocAuthor Commented:
gets as far as "applying computer settings" then locks. and after a short delay,,,the VM power itself off.

I think I'm gonna just throw in the towel on this one.....it wasn't really a necessary move.....just would be nice.
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
try image and convert, otherwise stand up a new box and migrate apps and FSMO roles.
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psueocAuthor Commented:
i ended up formatting the destination box, and installing esxi 4 (dell customized), then did a direct conversion onto it.  and it booted up fine.
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Much better product, good to know that it worked.
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