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Hello Experts,
I keep getting this error message when trying to convert  a server which is currently sitting on hyperV to VMWare.
ERROR:vmware agaent system error
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by:coolsport00
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What VM OS is it? Pretty generic error.....are you using a local admin acct for the VM to install the agent with? (the converter needs an admin account to install a converter agent)

~coolsport00
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by:Net_Admin1
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I am using and admin acct. Is it possible to install the agent manually?
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by:coolsport00
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Unfortunately no because it's part of the converter; next suggestion is to make sure any firewalls are turned off. If that fails, try using Vizioncore's product...vConverter (http://portal.vizioncore.com). Overall I like vCenter Converter, but it can be flaky more than I think it should be. What OS are you trying to convert?

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by:Net_Admin1
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Windows 2008
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by:Net_Admin1
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Here is the error again
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by:mijared
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Are there snapshots of the hyperv server?
I have had some strange errors with settings due to snapshots. Delete the snapshots, after backing them up first, and try again.

Michael
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by:Net_Admin1
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Not sure what you mean, I am having issues with the converter
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by:bgoering
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What is your destination platform and version? ESX(i)?  Workstation? VMware Server?

Be sure Windows 2008 is supported on your target.
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by:russell124
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Have you looked into the VMWare converter logs at the location listed in the error message?  Those should give you some more info.
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by:Net_Admin1
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Windows 2008 is supported on the target. Using converter 4.01, I am getting the following error message:
Failed: Unable to create a VSS snapshot of the source(s) volume. Error code: 2147754754 (0x80042302)
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by:bgoering
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On your Hyper-V can you make setting like you can on VMware about VM OS. If so set it to Windows Vista or Windows 2003 and try to run your conversion. For 2008 conversions I regularly have to "lie" to converter about the VM type to get V2V conversions running for 2008. Is this 2008 R2 by any chance?
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by:Net_Admin1
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Yes It is 2008 R2
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by:coolsport00
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R2 as well as W2K7 have issues converting. Disable UAC to see if that works.

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by:Net_Admin1
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Set UAC to never notify, same results....
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by:coolsport00
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See this Release Notes from VMware:
http://www.vmware.com/support/converter/doc/releasenotes_conv401.html

It states 2K8 R2 is not supported. According to this former EE post from March, there are steps, albeit a bit intricate, to get it converted:
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_25274030.html?sfQueryTermInfo=1+10+2008+30+p2v+window

Another alternative is to just download a trial of imaging software, like Storagecraft or Acronis, create an image of your VM, then convert the image file to VMware.

Regards,
~coolsport00
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by:Michael Worsham
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Conversion fails with the error: Converter unable to create a VSS snapshot of the source volume
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1019690

Also another alternative P2V conversion method...

P2V Windows 2008 R2
http://sanbarrow.com/p2v2008r2.html
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by:Luciano Patrão
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Hi

Have you tried a cold migration? Some times corrects some of this issues

Jail
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by:Net_Admin1
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What is a cold migration?
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by:Luciano Patrão
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Hi

This is when you use the BootCD Converter for VMware to P2V your Physical Server.
Is available in the VMware vConverter site to download(but only for VMware Enterprise License)

You boot you physical server with this BootCD then the converter will migrate your physical server offline.

But the physical server will be unavailable for users/network. This type of migration sometimes fix many issues that we can encounter because the SO is not running. Is creating an image of your Physical server in the ESX host

Jail
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by:Net_Admin1
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The server right now is in a HyperV host and I am trying to move it to ESX host
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by:Luciano Patrão
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Hi

If this server can be offline during the cold migration you can do this with BootCD vConverter

Dont forget to check the SO support in:
http://www.vmware.com/support/converter/doc/releasenotes_conv401.html

And here is the "* vCenter Converter Standalone 4.0.1 supports only Windows Server 2008 and does not support Windows Server 2008 R2."

If this is your system, then i think you cant migrate

But like mwecomputers says in above you can try the sanbarrow.com solution(never tested)

Hope this can help

Jail
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by:Luciano Patrão
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Hi

You can check this http://communities.vmware.com/thread/249166?start=30&tstart=0 and look at the last post

Maybe can work i never tested

Jail
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I installed the software  ShadowProtect4 Server from Storage Craft http://www.storagecraft.com/trial_downloads.php and the conversion finally worked!
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