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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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Have you tried converting it one more time?  Maybe something was corrupted while doing the vmdk conversion.

DH
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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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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
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
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
install vmware tools it will automatically install drivers for missing devices in device manager.
Have you uninstalled any hardware specific drivers (HP / Dell / IBM) from the Virtual Machine post conversion ?
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
What is the hardware model of the physical server ?
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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thanks it was intel server manager in the end