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I am trying to virtualize my server which is SBS2003.  I am using the same hardware so a P-2-V conversion isn't possible.  I have a backup of the system in both nt backup format and BESR format on an external disk (USB).  I have the VM loaded and assigned drive space to it.  I booted the vm to the restore CD and it runs through and recovers my discs, but it won't boot.  When I remove the cd and tell the vm to reboot it comes up OS not found.  What am I missing?  I am new to VMWare so I can believe that I have missed something.  The person who was going to help me has backed out and now my business is completely down.  HELP!!
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I think it's BESR issue.  I had the same problem restoring with BESR 2010 last weekend.  The backup has to be made using the shadow copy option and the restore needs to be done by selecting file and browsing to the latest backup.  You then select restore to different hardware, restore MBR and make bootable in the options.  Deselect use mini setup.  Hopefully this translates to 8.5 since mine was 2010.  You also need to prep the partition from the recovery disk command prompt with Diskpart clean command after you select the correct partition with diskpart list.
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How can I get to the command prompt from the recovery disk?  I looked and didn't see an option to do that.  I suppose I could alway boot to the the original install CD and try that. (I think).
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Why make it hard on yourself..easy solution.

If you have been doing BESR backups just download vmware converter (free standalone) or choose import machine from vCenter.

Point to the SV2I file and you're set
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If the standalone converter actually works that is great and simple.  I've only had it work around 20% of the times that I've tried it.  I usually get blue screens after it finishes or it won't ever start.
Here is their instructions for 8.5 restore http://www.symantec.com/connect/sites/default/files/Symantec%20BESR%20%20Installation.pdf
Here's the list of articles Symantec support sent me.  I don't know how much applies to 8.5.
The first one has the diskpart info in it.
http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH129112
http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH87092
http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH146988
http://www.symantec.com/docs/TECH55054
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I've use vmware converter work 85%, the other 13% I've used Symantec BESR (actually doing a citrix server right now from a besr image for a customer..60% done).


The trick is to change the controller from IDE to something else in the converter otherwise you'll have issues.
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I've tried that.  Most of the failures were going from a chipset other than intel.  Mostly nVidia but some VIA.  Most of them have been disk controller blue screens so that is the right direction to start looking.
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