Restored Windows 2003 server on VMWare ESX 4.1
Posted on 2010-11-22
We just purchased a Dell Poweredge R415 server with two AMD Opteron 2.6 ghz procs, 16 gb of RAM, four 600 gb SAS 15K drives configured in a Raid 5 array using a Perc H700 controller.
We have Backup Exec System Recovery 2010 installed on eight of our Windows servers. We have SQL server 2008 R2 and GFI Mail Archiver installed on one of these Windows servers that is being backed up by BESR 2010. The server being backed up is running Windows 2003 32 bit standard. I configured a BESR virtual conversion job to restore the Windows 2003 server using the latest recovery point directly to the ESX server. Once this completed, I created a virtual machine using the vmdks that BESR creates on the ESX server.
The problem is that I can't get all of the GFI MailArchiver services to start and/or stay running on this VM. When logging into Windows on the VM I get a number of SVCAttendant errors. All of the SQL Server and GFI MailArchiver services are configured to start automatically but only some of them will actually be started. Starting one or more of the services that didn't start may cause one of the other services which did start automatically to fail. I started off allocating 1 gb of RAM and 1 CPU to the VM. I tried increasing this to 4 gb of RAM and as many as 6 CPUs. Increasing the number of CPUs allocated to the VM seemed to help the most but the services still aren't super stable. I even tried reserving a certain amount of CPU and RAM for the VM. Also I installed VMWare tools on the VM.
Then I tried installing Windows 2003 64 bit standard server and VMWare Server 2.0.2 onto this same Dell PE R415 server and then recovering the Windows 2003 32 bit standard server using vmdks that BESR 2010 creates (with a virtual conversion job). Within VMWare server 2.0 I allocated 2 CPUs but I can't remember how much memory I allocated to it - I'm pretty sure it wasn't more than 4 gb. The restored Windows 2003 standard server running SQL Server 2008 and GFI MailArchiver worked fine on the Dell PE R415 running VMWare server 2.0.2.
I have reinstalled ESX 4.1 onto the Dell PE R415 server and tried recovering the Windows 2003 32 bit standard server (running SQL Server 2008 and GFI MailArchiver) in a VM one more time with the same result.
Does anyone have any ideas or suggestions?