Converting a 2003 server to VMWARE

I have converted several servers using the VMWARE converter all with no issues.

One server however, that used to be a DC and now is just a member server is completing the conversion byt the following happens.

Once converted I am able to boot it up virtually.
NO ip address assigned
Runs slow with certain functions like unable to install the VMWARE tools - seems to never complete.
-Device manager is showing lots of unknown devices, including NIC card and video card. Unable to remove and reinstall seems to slow the machine right down. Does not hang as I am able to browse files using explorer but the task doent finish.

Is there anything I can try to make this machine work. I just need to assign an IP address and it should be fine, but unable to open the networking part to setup a TCPIP - as no NIC is installed in device manager.
thanks!
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Dale HarrisProfessional Services EngineerCommented:
Have you tried converting it one more time?  Maybe something was corrupted while doing the vmdk conversion.

DH
Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure  Engineer  Commented:
Hi

Read my article, try another conversion and use the taks to do IT, or just use the tasks to clean all that VM.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_3639-VMware-vConverter-P2V-for-Windows-Servers.html

Hope this can help you.

Jail

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Jamesm007Author Commented:
iVE TRIED CONVERTING IT ABOUT 4 TIMES ALL WITH DIFFERENT SETTINGS. i WILL HAVE A LOOK AT YOUR ARTICLE BESTWAY AND LET YOU KNOW. WILL NOT HAVE ACCESS TO TURN ON SERVER UNTIL TOMORROW TO TRY AND RESTART THE CONVERSION.
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Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure  Engineer  Commented:
Hi

Follow all the tasks and the process. This article is for a cold migration, but if you want to use as a hot migration using vConverter Standalone, the process is the same.

Run the scripts for pre and post migration. This will fix and bypass many issues that we can encounter on a P2V.

Hope this can hep you.

Jail
Jamesm007Author Commented:
Thanks, I will try with both. I havent used the cold migration as I have 3 disks on the server but only c drive ius used. I am thinking of deleting the other 2 partitions and then I can try a cold migration, as I am unable to select the disks to clone in this method.

there are some handy tips in your document, I will try tomorrow and let you know what happens
thanks
Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure  Engineer  Commented:
Hi

You can choose what partitions do you want to convert.

There is a chapter(with print screens) in the article where you can use that. Just check on the article.

Jail
ptmlCommented:
install vmware tools it will automatically install drivers for missing devices in device manager.
vmwarun - ArunCommented:
Have you uninstalled any hardware specific drivers (HP / Dell / IBM) from the Virtual Machine post conversion ?
Jamesm007Author Commented:
Vmware tools won't install on the converted server just hangs. I haven't uninstalled and drivers but will try this in the morning.  I didn't have to on the other servers I converted.

I can't choose partitions using the boot cd only the warm migration I can - no options found on the cold migration.

It's the last server trying to convert - always the way
vmwarun - ArunCommented:
What is the hardware model of the physical server ?
Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure  Engineer  Commented:
Hi

Like I said, yes you can choose the partition to convert.

In this example I have one disk with 75Gb and have 2partitions. I have run the cold migration on it and I get choose what partitions I can convert.

You need to choose the Volumes Options. Just deselect the partitions that you dont want to convert.

Follow the same process.

Hope this can help

Jail

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Jamesm007Author Commented:
thanks it was intel server manager in the end
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