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Convert Windows 7 64bits to Virtual using VMWARE Converter

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Hello gurus,

I have tried to convert a notebook HP pavillion dv3 windows 7 home 64bits to a vm machine using vmware converter 4.3
unfortunately I get the same error...

Can u please help ?

PS. this computer has an SQL 2008 application on it.

I am attaching the log files..

log.txt
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Luciano Patrão earned 333 total points
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Hi

Clean-up any temporary files and unneeded data.
Note: For this task I use a free tool to do the job ( CCleaner - http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner).
Defrag and fix servers disks errors (will reduce the migration time and fix some possible migration errors). Run this task for each local disk.
Note: For this task I use a free tool to do the job (MyDefrag http://www.mydefrag.com).

Use msconfig to stop all non windows services. Do not convert the physical machine with SQL services on.

After this, try convert that machine again

Hope this can help you

Jail

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by:fr0nk
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converter.fault.VSSSnapshotFault usually comes from 3rd party tempering with VSS at the sime time the converter is doing that.
1. do "fltmc" in a cmd to find out any file system level filterdrivers and disable them.
2. search for VSS drivers such als netapp snapdrive, etc.
3. Disable previous versions on the volume
4. stop the MS SQL Service, wait until it entirely shut down
5. Re-run the converter
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Try this below instruction fromt he site,

Converter 4 fails with converter.fault.VSSSnapshotFault

http://www.vmsage.com/troubleshooting/converter-4-fails-with-converterfaultvsssnapshotfault
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VMware converter 4.0 fails with an error "Unable to create VSS snapshot 2147754767"


http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_24838092.html
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by:ammounpierre
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i installed ccleaner and  run it .
I also defragmented my hdd
i have 150gb free out of 275
i think that maybe the problem is from the reserved partition ? or the recover partition that hp creates ????

i disabled all the non microsoft services in msconfig
fltmc gives the following

Filter Name                     Num Instances    Altitude    Frame
------------------------------  -------------  ------------  -----
aksdf                                   6       145900         0
luafv                                   1       135000         0
FileInfo                                6        45000         0



vssadmin  list shadowstorage gives
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vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

Shadow Copy Storage association
   For volume: (C:)\\?\Volume{a0875486-2e02-11df-a6bb-806e6f6e6963}\
   Shadow Copy Storage volume: (C:)\\?\Volume{a0875486-2e02-11df-a6bb-806e6f6e6963}\
   Used Shadow Copy Storage space: 0 B (0%)
   Allocated Shadow Copy Storage space: 0 B (0%)
   Maximum Shadow Copy Storage space: 11.013 GB (4%)



vss list providers gives:
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vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

Provider name: 'Microsoft Software Shadow Copy provider 1.0'
   Provider type: System
   Provider Id: {b5946137-7b9f-4925-af80-51abd60b20d5}
   Version: 1.0.0.7


vss list writers gives
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vssadmin 1.1 - Volume Shadow Copy Service administrative command-line tool
(C) Copyright 2001-2005 Microsoft Corp.

Writer name: 'Task Scheduler Writer'
   Writer Id: {d61d61c8-d73a-4eee-8cdd-f6f9786b7124}
   Writer Instance Id: {1bddd48e-5052-49db-9b07-b96f96727e6b}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'VSS Metadata Store Writer'
   Writer Id: {75dfb225-e2e4-4d39-9ac9-ffaff65ddf06}
   Writer Instance Id: {088e7a7d-09a8-4cc6-a609-ad90e75ddc93}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Performance Counters Writer'
   Writer Id: {0bada1de-01a9-4625-8278-69e735f39dd2}
   Writer Instance Id: {f0086dda-9efc-47c5-8eb6-a944c3d09381}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'System Writer'
   Writer Id: {e8132975-6f93-4464-a53e-1050253ae220}
   Writer Instance Id: {f77baab4-fec9-4187-81f1-34215594d32c}
   State: [5] Waiting for completion
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'SqlServerWriter'
   Writer Id: {a65faa63-5ea8-4ebc-9dbd-a0c4db26912a}
   Writer Instance Id: {0a4022f9-a06a-4fb6-82d5-7603eabb8610}
   State: [5] Waiting for completion
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'ASR Writer'
   Writer Id: {be000cbe-11fe-4426-9c58-531aa6355fc4}
   Writer Instance Id: {528e0dd3-e677-429a-b6c0-8bc77bd252f7}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Shadow Copy Optimization Writer'
   Writer Id: {4dc3bdd4-ab48-4d07-adb0-3bee2926fd7f}
   Writer Instance Id: {6409567f-8a03-42dd-a3c2-fd1bfd81980e}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'WMI Writer'
   Writer Id: {a6ad56c2-b509-4e6c-bb19-49d8f43532f0}
   Writer Instance Id: {7f0712ca-1994-4694-a43e-17bee4ad9147}
   State: [5] Waiting for completion
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'MSSearch Service Writer'
   Writer Id: {cd3f2362-8bef-46c7-9181-d62844cdc0b2}
   Writer Instance Id: {df5e61f2-2e43-42f5-badf-624ac9dcaf49}
   State: [5] Waiting for completion
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'COM+ REGDB Writer'
   Writer Id: {542da469-d3e1-473c-9f4f-7847f01fc64f}
   Writer Instance Id: {c5e25338-7eb3-4432-8b33-de442926a5fb}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error

Writer name: 'Registry Writer'
   Writer Id: {afbab4a2-367d-4d15-a586-71dbb18f8485}
   Writer Instance Id: {4d8b6b67-d56f-4add-a15f-0c639707ba5f}
   State: [1] Stable
   Last error: No error



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Do i need to stop the vss services before running the converter ?
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by:Luciano Patrão
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Use the msconfig and stop non windows services. This is the recommend tasks before P2V any physical server. Do not convert the HP partition. You will not need this. So choose only your partitions.

Jail
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by:ammounpierre
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what about the reserved partition ?
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by:Luciano Patrão
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That I think is from the Win7, so yes I convert that to.

Jail
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Dont forget to check the partitions letter, sometimes the letter change on the conversion, so you will need to put back the letter tho is original letter.
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by:ammounpierre
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it seems that it is now working...
I am running it but it needs 9hours... will let u know when done.

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On my last Win7 P2V the guest didn't came up.
If that's your case, take a look at this kb article from vmware: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1006956

In a nutshell: mount /vmimages/vmscsi.flp from the ESX to any VM, copy the drivers to a network location, access the network location with your physical client and install the drivers before you're doing P2V.
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