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vmware error targetdiskparams.volumecloningparams.sourcevolumeId"

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i am stuck on the ready to complete section.

the error is " a specific parameter was not correct. targetdiskparams.volumecloningparams.sourcevolumeId"

Could you help with this error?

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Are you trying to P2V a server?  PLease provide some background at what you are trying to acomplish, what task is causing this error and we can better assist you.
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by:mildogz
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Yes. Here is the breakdown.

I just installed vmware hypervisor 4.1 on a w2k3 server. I am using the vmware vcenter converter stand alone to convert a live citrix server running on w2k3 server.

I get passed all the steps to prepair for the powered on machine P2V and when I click finish on step 4, i get the validating task parameters message on the top, and then it fails and i get this error message..."a specific parameter was not correct. targetdiskparams.volumecloningparams.sourcevolumeId"

The target server has a local sata harddrive that i am using to store the p2v image to.

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I included an image on this error.
vmp2v.bmp
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Let me get this straight:

You installed ESXi 41. on a physical machine. and you have a physical Citrix server you are trying to convert.  Does that sound right?


From experience it's always better to install a brand new VM and install Citrix on top because there's a lot of baggage when converting a Citrix server.  You will also get somewhat less users per VM than physical server, at least that's been my experience.

If P2V doesn't work try downloading Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery Server trial edition.  Image the Citrix Server and then point VMWare Converter to the image.  When I have issues with vmware converter directly this is what I use and I'm able to get around these type of issues on most occasions.
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Yes that is correct.

we do not have many users on this particular citrix server, i would say around 11 - 15 at most. its a pretty basic setup nothing to complex.

But I cannot take down the citrix server so it has to be a live conversion.
Does symantec have the ability to allow a powered on machine conversion like vmware?


We basically want a backup of the citrix to use for a disaster recovery purpose.
incase it fails we can do a failover to that vm citrix as a temp fix until we can get it back up.

So my question is can I use symantec to do a live conversion? I have used symantec before to create images but never a live one. thanks.
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symantec does image while the system is running but does require a reboot to install
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yea that solution is not going to work for me then.

Do you have any idea what is causing the error to begin with?
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could be a host of issues, too many variables in physical servers to troubleshoot typically.  Schedule downtime for 10 min. at night, install remotely and get it done.
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ok, I'm going try to figure this out. If i can't fix it, then i will try it your way. i'll let you know how it goes. thanks.
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One question i have is if i go the symantec backup way. Can I do a backup image of the drive during the day while people are working on the citrix?
or does this need to be run at night just like any regular backup?

what would be the best practice in your experience in doing it this way?
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Paul, your solution worked using symantec to create a backup image and converting from that image. I assigned you the points.

thanks for your help.
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Keep in mind that you should uninstall all hardware related application (Dell, HP, etc..) also install vmxnet3 virtual network card, it's much faster than the default e1000
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