How to Import a remote computer as a virtual machine - VMWare Workstation

Hi all,

I have a VMWare workstation and I want to make a virtual machine from a different computer on my home network.
I switched off the virus scanner and the firewall on the remote computer (\\Bernina, XP SP2)
Still, I get this

[2010-04-11 18:10:27.093 'P2V' 2500 warning] [clientConnection,115] Failed to connect to IPC$ on \\BERNINA. Reason: Unspecified error in remote execution mechanism
[2010-04-11 18:10:30.093 'P2V' 2500 info] [clientConnection,101] Connecting to IPC$ on \\BERNINA as \\BERNINA\Geert
[2010-04-11 18:10:30.093 'P2V' 2500 info] [,0] SMB manager: Error connecting to share [\\\\BERNINA\IPC$]: 53

[2010-04-11 18:10:30.093 'P2V' 2500 warning] [clientConnection,115] Failed to connect to IPC$ on \\BERNINA. Reason: Unspecified error in remote execution mechanism
[2010-04-11 18:10:30.093 'P2V' 2500 info] [clientConnection,119] Giving up trying to connect to IPC$ on \\BERNINA
[2010-04-11 18:10:30.093 'P2V' 2500 error] [task,295] Task failed: P2VError REMOTE_UFA_FIREWALLED(\\BERNINA)
[2010-04-11 18:10:30.093 'P2V' 2500 verbose] [task,339] Transition from InProgress to Failure requested
[2010-04-11 18:10:30.093 'P2V' 2500 verbose] [task,388] Transition succeeded

Can someone explain to me what steps I need to make to overcome this?

Both computers share a workgroup (not a domain)
VMWare Workstation is v7.0.0 op an XP service pack 3

I have a simple router behind a zyXel ZyWall5 firewall, but I don't think the connetion hits the ZyWall

It seems to me that I am overlooking something simple


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Geert BormansInformation ArchitectAsked:
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
You need to go to the VMware site and download the VMware Converter tool. From there you do a Physical to Virtual (P2V) conversion of the Physical machine. VMware has to create a new VM with appropriate hardware for the machine you are converting. ... Thinkpads_User
Geert BormansInformation ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Hey, thanks for the reply.
Do you have a direct link to this convertor tools?
I have installed VM Workstation with all tools, so I assumed that I should not do this.
Why is there an option for making a virtual machine from a remote computer,
if you require extra tools for that?
It sounds a bit weird. (not saying that you are not right, by the way, just that it sounds weird)
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
Here is a link to the converter application:

You want the VMware Vcenter Converter Standalone from this link.

I see the import option in Workstation 7 to import a Virtual Machine from a remote source. I have not used that, and I think it is relatively new, and I have not used it, so cannot comment on that one. Did you map a folder connection to the remote machine before trying to import it? That may assist.

VMware Converter may provide some functionality you need as it is a separate application.
... Thinkpads_User
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JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
OK - I looked in the manual. VMware Converter has been incorporated into VMware Workstation V7, so it is new. That answers that issue.

In that Manual, page 136, it gives the requirement for logging on to the remote machine. You need to make sure that the two machines (remote and client) are business operating systems that have userid and password login requirements. Check the manual and check the permissions/login requirements of your computers. ... Thinkpads_User
Geert BormansInformation ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Hey, I appreciate your input, but it is a bit too vague for my problem

Well, I should have given some more info at the start
- I did look into the manual prior to posting (of course), page 136 does not give any detailed information. It just says something about the logins, advice I followed, nothing fancy there, nothing you can't derive from
- both the XP SP2 and the XP SP3 are XP professional licenses. The SP2 is in Dutch, the SP3 is in English
- I switched off firewall and Kaspersli virus scan on the remote machine
- I tried sharing all drives in the remote machine

Now lets get back to the original question.
I clearly stated I was dealing with Workstation 7.0.0, so I don't need all these convertor stuff you mentioned

I did some more tests, and I made little progress after I decided to pass in the IP adress of the remote machine
I managed to get further down the chain, but failed to start the convertor agent on the remote machine

[2010-04-11 21:48:14.687 'ClientConnection' 5752 warning] Failed to startup VMware Converter Agent service on Reason: Service control manager error.
[2010-04-11 21:48:14.687 'ClientConnection' 5752 warning] Unable to start ufad-ws60 service
[2010-04-11 21:48:17.687 'ClientConnection' 5752 error] Giving up trying to connect to \\\pipe\vmware-ufad-ws60-beta3-vmdb
[2010-04-11 21:48:17.687 'VmdbSvc' 5752 verbose] Shutting down VMDB service...
[2010-04-11 21:48:17.687 'VmdbSvc' 5752 verbose] Unregistering callback...
[2010-04-11 21:48:17.687 'VmdbSvc' 5752 verbose] ...done
[2010-04-11 21:48:17.687 'P2V' 5752 error] [task,295] Task failed: P2VError UFA_NOT_RUNNING()
[2010-04-11 21:48:17.687 'P2V' 5752 verbose] [task,339] Transition from InProgress to Failure requested
[2010-04-11 21:48:17.687 'P2V' 5752 verbose] [task,388] Transition succeeded
[2010-04-11 21:48:20.515 'P2V' 4796 info] [installAgentTask,79] Installing UFAD to hostname=, username=\Geert, postponeReboot=1, verifySSLCerts=0
[2010-04-11 21:48:20.515 'P2V' 4512 verbose] [task,339] Transition from None to InProgress requested
[2010-04-11 21:48:20.515 'P2V' 4512 verbose] [task,388] Transition succeeded
[2010-04-11 21:48:20.515 'P2V' 4512 info] [task,274] Starting execution of a Task
[2010-04-11 21:48:20.515 'P2V' 4512 info] [clientConnection,101] Connecting to ADMIN$ on as\Geert
[2010-04-11 21:48:20.546 'P2V' 4512 info] [,0] SMB manager: Access denied connecting to share [\\\ADMIN$].

[2010-04-11 21:48:20.546 'P2V' 4512 error] [task,295] Task failed: P2VError REMOTE_UFA_BAD_PERMISSIONS(
[2010-04-11 21:48:20.546 'P2V' 4512 verbose] [task,339] Transition from InProgress to Failure requested
[2010-04-11 21:48:20.546 'P2V' 4512 verbose] [task,388] Transition succeeded
[2010-04-11 21:48:28.531 'P2V' 4796 info] [p2vSupport,267] Shutting down App

There is more there, but it seems that my logon (which has administrative rights) is not allowed to conect to $ADMIN
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
I do not know why the errors are occuring. Is it feasible (are the two machines close enough together) that you could connect the hard drive of the remote machine to the client machine by a USB carrier? Then it is a local situation instead of remote.  ... Thinkpads_User
vmwarun - ArunCommented:
Is simple file sharing disabled on the remote system (Windows XP SP2) ?
JohnBusiness Consultant (Owner)Commented:
One of my earlier posts asked about mapping folders, so I assume simple file sharing had been disabled. Still worth checking. ... Thinkpads_User
Geert BormansInformation ArchitectAuthor Commented:
Well, I needed some steps to get this done
- Disable simple file sharing as arunraju suggested (that I had allready done, since it is also mentioned in the manual)
- switch of Kasperski and Windows Firewall (had that done allready too)
- I had to check the ComputerManagment. Apparently I had an open session "folders" from the computer where I have my VM Workstation. Killing this session made me progress a bit further
- Since I am creating the VM-image on an external harddisk, it seems that my connection was using too much of the IRPStackSize
so I increased that in the registry. Found help here:

The image is now creating, so I hope all goes well.
I will let you know when I am done


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