VMware P2V Vsphere Convertor Issue

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I am running the vsphere converter to create a P2V of a server that has a two partitions... a C drive boot raid 5 partition on one controller and a D drive data partition on another controller... the C drive is 200G and the D drive is 2.4 T .... when i run the convertor, the only drive that shows up is the C drive .... why is the D drive not showing? is it because it is over 2 T large? and if so, what do i need to do to convert this server?
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Top Expert 2010

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Yes...2TB is the largest size. Do you need the full 2.4TB? If so, and you can split it up, what you can do is just keep the VM you P2V'd, create 2 virtual disks of 1.2TB, then restore the data to those 2 new volumes as needed.

The other option, if you need 1 single volume of that size is to add a datastore of the size of the volume you need, with an 8MB block size. Then, you can 'extend' the datastore to the size you need, and then restore the data to that volume.

Hope that helps..

Regards,
~coolsport00
Top Expert 2010

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Let me clarify just a bit on my above post. If you create 2 virtual disks, make sure they are of 8MB block size as well.

For the other option I suggested, add the datastore, but you can only add 2TB datastore. It will show capacity as being more than 2TB. Right-click on the datastore, go into properties, then choose to extend (increase) the datastore to the capacity you need.

~coolsport00

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coolsport00.....The problem that I have is that I do not "see" the D drive 2.4 T drive (it does not show up as something that i can convert) .. I can only see the C boot drive ... how do I get the 2.4 T drive to show up?
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Top Expert 2010

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Oh...ok...I see. So, in the conversion wizard, you only see the 1 drive (C:)? The only reason I can think of why it doesn't show up is because of the size, since 2TB is the max VMFS volume to have (without extents). So, what you more than likely have to do is create 1 or 2 datastores on the P2V'd VM and do a data restore to that volume/those volumes as I mention above.

After some searching within the Standalone Converter tool User's Guide (http://www.vmware.com/pdf/VMware_Converter_Standalone_guide40.pdf), pg. 46, it states the max source volume that can be converted is 999GB. That being said, even if you're using the vSphere Import tool (converter), the same limitation will apply. I assume that's why you're not even seeing that volume. Given the size of that drive, I actually recommend not trying to convert that volume anyway...it would take days to do. Do you have a backup of the data that you can restore? Is it 2.4TB in size, or is that just the size of the volume the data is on?

~coolsport00

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Could take the 2.4TB and copy \ move it to shared storage (NTFS format) and use raw drive mappings back to it as the D drive.
Top Expert 2010

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Yep...another alternative; thanks for sharing "65" :)

~coolsport00

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coolsport00....the 2.4 T partition only has about 1 T of data on it and is on a high speed SAS 15K MSA .... so I do want to convert the whole server (C and D drives to a virtual) and then make this server a another ESXi host ... I can then use it to run the virtual server and have 1 T free to create other virtual servers .... I am looking to do this P2Vin the most seamless way possible....
Paul SolovyovskySenior IT Advisor
Top Expert 2008

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If you the system is only using 1TB you will nee to resize the partition to smaller size on the ESX/ESXi host.  In addition check that you have 8MB block size.

I have seen large partitions fail before so what I have done is to virtualize the system drive and create the data partition ahead of time and use robocopy to transfter the data drive over.  The nice thing about robocopy is that you can run a base job and then a comparison job and bring over any changes.
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Ok...understood, but what I recommend is to solely convert your system partition (C:). Then, take a current/fresh backup of your 1TB data. Then create a virtual disk of the size you're needing it to be (1TB plus space for expansion) on the P2V'd VM and restore from b/u. If you'd rather not do that, you can try other P2V alternatives. Vizioncore has a P2V you can try:
http://portal.vizioncore.com/

Regards,
~coolsport00
I ran into this issue on a 2008 Server I was trying to convert, the source drives wouldn't show up. The fix for me was to run converter as Administrator. After that everything worked...

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