Problems converting laptop to VM
Posted on 2011-03-24
I am trying to do a P2V conversion of my old business laptop so that I can carry it around as a VM inside my new one. The machine is an Acer 4230 running XP Pro SP3, the disk is partitioned into a small utility partition and then a C: drive and D: drive of about 40GB each.
I downloaded VMWare Converter Standalone onto the machine and have been trying for about 2 weeks to get a conversion to complete, but the process always fails at around 40% during cloning of Drive C with the error "FAILED: A general system error occurred: Operation was cancelled", which is stunningly unhelpful.
While trying to figure out what the problem might be, I have
- freed up a bunch of space on C: and D: to reduce what is cloned
- defragged and fully chkdsked C: and D:
- tried cloning to various different network and USB drives
- ensured that I am logged in as the local admin account
- ensured that msconfig is used to disable almost all the startup entries (except Service Manager) and all non-MS services except the VMWare ones
- I have checked that the power management is not trying to shut anything down , and no screen saver is set
The target for the P2V operation is simply a folder either on a USB drive plugged into the machine or on my local LAN. In either case I have full access rights to the target.
This is my first attempt to do a P2V conversion and my past pleasurable experiences with VMWare Workstation (the only other VMWare product I use) led me to believe that this would be a snap - I have been sorely disappointed!
Major kudos (and points!) to anyone who can sort this out - this is holding back a bunch of other stuff, and I'm fed up lugging an extra laptop around all the time.
I would attach the log files but the webisite is bitching about the .gz files in the zip - any suggestions for getting around this? Also, whenever I select Export Logs I always get a popup saying that the logfiles related to the selected task were not found, but I have no idea how to correct this either.