Posted on 2011-05-06
Last Modified: 2012-05-11
i am trying to convert a Windows 2000 Server to a VM using SCVMM.  The conversion process fails with the error #3148 - A volume selected for imaging is not accessible from Windows PE.  Recommended action is to either exclude the volume from conversion, or put the drivers on the VMM server.

That particular volume is the EISA partition on the disk.  SCVMM selects it, and the deselect is greyed out.  I cannot deselect it.

 I have the driver disk for that motherboard (Intel).  But the drivers are all installed using a setup.exe on the CD.

What are my options?  Do I need the EISA partition on the VM?  Can I exclude it?

Thanks in advance!
Question by:AFlowers
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    Accepted Solution

    Exclude the EISA partition you dont need it, it's only for physical hardware.

    Exclude and re-try.

    Author Comment

    Thanks for the quick reply.  I would like to exclude it, but it is preselected by VMM and greyed out.  So I cannot exclude it.
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    Assisted Solution


    Did you review the P2V requirements for Windows 2000 from here:

    An alternative option would be imaging the entire machine using a universal restore application such as Acronis Universal, backup the physical machine and restore it to a VM.

    hope this helps,

    Author Closing Comment

    I ended up removing the EISA partition, upgrading to Windows Server 2003, then converting to VM.  All is OK now.
    The EISA partition removal was the most difficult step.  Thousands of internet articles helped, but also added to the confusion.  First, I deleted the partition.  Then I expanded the C partition to cover the "front" of the drive.  Next, I edited the boot.ini to reflect the change in location of the boot partition.  That allowed the Windows 2000 OS to boot correctly.  I then upgraded to Windows Server 2003.
    As in many questions such as this, both answers helped, so I am splitting the points.
    Thanks again!

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