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i have made an image of my server and am trying to virtualize it in vm ware.

i restored it in vmare but at boot time i get a BSOD. is there something that I am missing. the acronis restore indicated that it restored fine?
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by:bgoering
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If this is a Windows 2000 server you need to upgrade the SCSI driver before you do the image and convert to vmware.

What kind of server is it?
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bgoering earned 2000 total points
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For any server instead of just doing an acronis restore consider using the free VMware converter standalone 4.3 (http://www.vmware.com/products/converter). That will accept the acronis image as input and create your virtual machine as well as allow you to reconfigure certain aspects during the conversion.
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Last but not least see my fellow expert Bestway's article on doing physical to virtual conversions of Windows servers. He identifies many issues that can be show stoppers if not addressed during the conversion. Article is at http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_3639-VMware-vConverter-P2V-for-Windows-Servers.html

Good Luck
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by:Luciano Patrão
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Hi

I will copy past a answer here in the EE with the some process.

If you have a acronis image, this must be easy to convert into VMware environment(for ESX or even Workstation).

There is some process and tasks that you can do to make this easier.

Check some examples:

http://www.vladan.fr/how-to-convert-your-acronis-file-backup-into-virtual-disk/
http://forum.acronis.com/forum/4078

Regarding vConverter Standalone, you can convert that image into ESX. Just run vConverter, choose to Convert Machine, then choose select source type "Backup Image or Third Party Virtual Machine". Then converter that image.

If that image is good, this is just you need to do.

To import that image into a VMware Workstation, just choose File, Import or Export, on the Source choose other, then you can choose that image and convert/import into the VMware Workstation.

This is the tasks or process that you can use to convert an Acronis image. But like I said, just check that the image is good.

But if the image is not good, then you can get some issues on converting into the VMware.

This is why some tasks need many times to be follow before a creating an image, or just use the vConverter to convert the physical machine. That tasks are in the article that I have written and that bgoering kindly pointed.

Hope this can help.

Jail
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excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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