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Server 2008R2 VSS issues when converting to VmWare

Hi Experts!

I've been trying to convert my Windows Server 2008 R2 to the VM on an ESXi 4.1 server, but have been having issues with VSS - whenever I run the VmWare Standaline converter tool on my 2008 Server, it beings to run, but then ends with an error message within 30 seconds:

VmWare error messge:
FAILED: Unable to create a VSS snapshot of the source volume(s). Error code:
2147754754 (0x80042302).

2008 Server has the following VSS errors:

Log Name:      Application
Source:        VSS
Date:          4/28/2011 12:58:03 AM
Event ID:      22
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      ssf1.ssfdomain.local
Description:
Volume Shadow Copy Service error: A critical component required by the Volume Shadow Copy service is not registered. This might happened if an error occurred during Windows setup or during installation of a Shadow Copy provider. The error returned from CoCreateInstance on class with CLSID {e579ab5f-1cc4-44b4-bed9-de0991ff0623} and Name IVssCoordinatorEx2 is [0x80040154, Class not registered
].

Operation:
   Instantiating VSS server
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
  <System>
    <Provider Name="VSS" />
    <EventID Qualifiers="0">22</EventID>
    <Level>2</Level>
    <Task>0</Task>
    <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2011-04-28T07:58:03.000000000Z" />
    <EventRecordID>19715</EventRecordID>
    <Channel>Application</Channel>
    <Computer>ssf1.ssf.local</Computer>
    <Security />
  </System>
  <EventData>
    <Data>{e579ab5f-1cc4-44b4-bed9-de0991ff0623}</Data>
    <Data>IVssCoordinatorEx2</Data>
    <Data>0x80040154, Class not registered
</Data>
    <Data>

Operation:
   Instantiating VSS server</Data>

AND

Log Name:      Application
Source:        VSS
Date:          4/28/2011 12:58:03 AM
Event ID:      8193
Task Category: None
Level:         Error
Keywords:      Classic
User:          N/A
Computer:      ssf1.ssfdomain.local
Description:
Volume Shadow Copy Service error: Unexpected error calling routine CoCreateInstance.  hr = 0x80040154, Class not registered
.

Operation:
   Instantiating VSS server
Event Xml:
<Event xmlns="http://schemas.microsoft.com/win/2004/08/events/event">
  <System>
    <Provider Name="VSS" />
    <EventID Qualifiers="0">8193</EventID>
    <Level>2</Level>
    <Task>0</Task>
    <Keywords>0x80000000000000</Keywords>
    <TimeCreated SystemTime="2011-04-28T07:58:03.000000000Z" />
    <EventRecordID>19716</EventRecordID>
    <Channel>Application</Channel>
    <Computer>ssf1.ssfd.local</Computer>
    <Security />
  </System>
  <EventData>
    <Data>CoCreateInstance</Data>
    <Data>0x80040154, Class not registered
</Data>
    <Data>

Operation:
   Instantiating VSS server</Data>
   

I have done some research on this Online, and it seems that the issue is with 2008 Server VSS - that it's not operating properly, not VmWare's fault. I've tried various things that I found online, spent a few hours, but can't find a solution.

Please advise. Thank You!
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Kaptain1
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2 Solutions
 
SaadAhmedFarooquiCommented:
which P2V converter are you using, does it support windows 2008 ?
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Kaptain1Author Commented:
I'm using latest VmWare P2V converter - Converter Standalone Client. It should work, but I'm guesting something is wrong with VSS on my server, and I can't figure out how to fix it. Tried a few methods by entering commands to "re-register" the VSS files, but that didn't seem to work, or I didn't find the right guide.

Thanks
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SaadAhmedFarooquiCommented:
There are a couple of scenarios written in the following release notes, please verify if you are ddoing anything mentioned in this:

http://www.vmware.com/support/converter/doc/releasenotes_conv40.html

just search for 2008 and you will find then easily.
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SaadAhmedFarooquiCommented:
addition to the above coment, maybe this line from the reease notes is helpful:

Converter can convert FAT/FAT32 volumes during hot cloning only if the source machine has at least one NTFS volume

For source machines running under Windows versions earlier than Windows Server 2008, VSS can take snapshots of FAT/FAT32 volumes only if the source machine has at least one NTFS volume. For all operating systems that support volume-based cloning, you need at least one NTFS volume for VSS to work.

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Kaptain1Author Commented:
Thank you for the info.

I went through the VmWare document, but didn't find anything that may apply to my situation. My server only has NTFS volumes, no FAT...

It seem that the problem is with VSS on my 2008 Server, but if that's the case, would Windows Backup (the full one) wouldn't work as well? - it seems to still work fine.

Any more suggestions?

Thank You
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SaadAhmedFarooquiCommented:
Yes you are right if there was an issue with windows 2008 VSS it would'nt work.

You can try this alternate approach:

Crate a virtual hard disk of the windows 2008 machine using Disk2vhd tool http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/sysinternals/ee656415

Then use this tool http://www.starwindsoftware.com/converter to convert VHD to VMDK

import the vmdk in the ESX server and attach it to a machine
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Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure Engineer Commented:
Hi

Just do a clode migration using converter BootCD and this will bypass that problem.

BootCD can be download from VMware only if you have VMware essentials license.

Jail
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Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure Engineer Commented:
Hi

After double check the messages, I forget to ask, what is the vConverter Standalone version that you are using? Because 4.3, have fix many issues regarding the VSS with 2008.

Jail
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Kaptain1Author Commented:
Hello.

I double checked the version of the VmWare Standalone converter that i was using, and turns out that somehow  i managed not to download the latest version! So, i uninstalled, installed the latest 4.3 version, and it worked right away, and my server was transferred onto my ESXi within 1 hour! Thanks Jail!

Saad, thank you for the recommendation as well. I was 3/4 way done with converting the image to the vmware format when i decided to try updating the vmware version.

THANK YOU!
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