Problems P2Ving Dell Servers

Good afternoon,

I am attempting to perform a P2V migration of several Dell PowerEdge servers into VMware vCenter (ESX 4.0).  I keep running into issues with different methods that  I am trying.  Has anyone found a method for P2V that doesnt have issues?

Here is what Im doing:
VMware Converter Cold Clone Boot CD:  states that it can not determine the OS
VMware Converter Standalone/Enterprise: Fails
VizionCore VConverter remote Cold clone:  usually unable to load the PXE
VizionCore VConverter warm: successful, but when the VM boots it either BSOD with 0x0000007b or states that it can not find the ntoskernel.

Any help is greatly appreciated!!!

Rob
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advserverAsked:
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slavetononeCommented:
What OS is on your Dell PowerEdge?  What model PowerEdge is it?  What version (build) of VMWARE Converter are you using?

Have you tried using VMWARE converter from another machine over the network live?  Do you have a SAN and ability to mount a SAN volume to this Dell machine?
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
Try this:

Download a trial copy of Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery or Acronis True Image.  Install on OS and create image.  Use VMware Converter to convert image to a virtual machine.

Remember that if you have OEM licensing on the Dell Servers you will need to perform a repair with a Volume license CD and license.  This is because OEM licensing looks for specific hardware and will not let you re-active it on different manufacturer hardware
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advserverAuthor Commented:
Slavetonone:
I have had issues with various PowerEdge's but I think I mostly had issues with the 1900 and 2800 serieses.
OS: Server 2003 Std & Enterprise 32 bit and Server 2008 Enterprise 64 bit
VMware Converter: 4.0.1 build 161434
Yes, I have tried VMware Converter from my laptop and also from a virtual machine.
Yes, there is a SAN and the ability to mount a volume to the physical server

Paulsolov:
I think these are good ideas, I will try these.  Thank you.  
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advserverAuthor Commented:
I reattempted one of the servers that was giving me the most issues and I seem to be having better luck by selecting within VMware converter to use LSI Logic for the controller instead of the default option to try and use the existing.  I was able to P2V that server and another this morning by using this method.  

I have several more servers to P2V but I will update with any problems.

I did run into a machine that has the OEM version of Windows from Dell and I was not able to reactivate it.  I booted to the Server 2003 R2 Ent. CD I have but it isnt detecting the OS, just the partitions and doesnt give me the option to automatically repair it....
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Paul SolovyovskySenior IT AdvisorCommented:
To repair it it needs to see the OS, can you login into the OS?  You may need to mount the iscsi floppy image and press F6 to load the driver for the controller to be seen by the CD during boot.
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advserverAuthor Commented:
I was able to resolve this by using the older version of VMware Converter.  This allowed the controllers to be seen and the p2v performed.  Regarding the Dell utility partition, this wasnt a problem.  I have removed Vizion Core VConvgerter from my list of software to use for P2V's.  
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advserverAuthor Commented:
I was able to resolve the problem myself but the Live state recovery option and OEM OS information was helpful
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