VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 - converting a remote W2008R2 guest on ESXi 4.1

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Installed converter standalone, chose the first option (local install I think?)

Convert Machine -> select my powered-off vm...

I can connect and browse the remote VMs, but when I choose Next, Converter spins forever at "Retrieving source machine information..."

Also, am I on the right track to do a remote convert (I'm connected over a 1 megabit link, so the process needs to happen remotely).

Thanks,
-mjc
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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The Virtual Machine must be ON.
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Just change the options to "powered on machine".
See this KB on best practices: http://kb.vmware.com/kb/1004588


~coolsport00
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It's a hot conversion, you can either install on the machine to be converted (often easiest, as it get's over permission issues), or remote conversion.

Both cases, the machine must be on for conversion.
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And the Users Guide is also a good resource to follow:
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/convsa_43_guide.pdf
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Seriously? I could have sworn it told me it could not convert a running VM.

So now, I guess Converter left a lock when I closed it. I can't power on the VM.

Reason: Failed to lock the file.
Cannot open the disk '/vmfs/volumes/4e0d0b4d-8405998f-daa2-001372fa68b8/medapp1/medapp1.vmdk' or one of the snapshot disks it depends on.
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First question, does the VM have any snapshots?

seems a very odd message...
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1 of the great reasons of using Converter to P2V is ability to have source machine (VM or phys) powered on.

Are you sure you have no snaps on the VM? Do you have backups running against this VM?
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No snapshots.

/vmfs/volumes/4e0d0b4d-8405998f-daa2-001372fa68b8/medapp1 # ls -l
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root                 13 Jul 31 23:21 medapp1-aux.xml
-rw-------    1 root     root        64424509440 Aug  1 13:23 medapp1-flat.vmdk
-rw-------    1 root     root               8684 Aug  1 13:23 medapp1.nvram
-rw-------    1 root     root                521 Jul  8 01:17 medapp1.vmdk
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root                 43 Jul 31 23:24 medapp1.vmsd
-rwx------    1 root     root               2822 Aug  1 13:23 medapp1.vmx
-rw-------    1 root     root                262 Jul 30 23:27 medapp1.vmxf
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root             666883 Aug  1 00:14 vmware-5.log
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root             135223 Aug  1 13:23 vmware-6.log
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root              29830 Aug  1 14:47 vmware-7.log
-rw-r--r--    1 root     root              29830 Aug  1 14:48 vmware.log
/vmfs/volumes/4e0d0b4d-8405998f-daa2-001372fa68b8/medapp1 # 

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The lock finally cleared on its own after 10 minutes.

So now I can start it up. Proceeding.
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very odd, in deed!!
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Ok guys. I now know I'm not crazy.

"Cannot convert a powered-on machine"
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??? What was the "type" you chose at the beginning? Don't choose VMware Infrastructure Client machine, but "Powered on machine" in the drop-down of "source types".
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Did you download and install VMware-converter-all-4.3.0-292238.exe ?

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@hanccocka: Yes, that is the installer i used.

@coolsport00: You are right, I had selected Infrastructure.


So now my question is, will this convert happen locally on the ESXi host? I don't have the bandwidth to transfer a machine right now. It doesn't use my workstation as a hub for this does it?
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So I take it I need to install the converter agent on the guest?
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No, not at all......just waiting for video to upload...
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Here's a quick video I've just completed for you, which may help with the process, and better understanding....that might help....(the IP address 141.245.136.27 is the remote VM, I want to convert, into ESXi host server).

ip address 141.245.136.18 is the ESXi host server, the V2V is going to import into.

All this is happening remote in our datacentre, as Converter is installed on a Windows machine temporary, so we can remote Convert machines just in case of need!

So if you have a Windows machine on the same ESX host server, you can do the same, otherwise, you've got a conversion happening over the WAN, and not local LAN.



 hanccocka-483898.flv
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Unable to connect to specified host '10.0.10.50'. THe host might not be available...


That is the address of my Windows guest.
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Watching video now...
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Thanks for the video!

Mine got stuck trying the initial connection, I never got to the step of "Deploying agent".

It was, of course... Windows Firewall.

I disabled it completely for now. Which application exception would I need to add?
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Nevermind, I can Google that.

Firewall ports of interest for Converter, etc.

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1010056
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Yes, Windows Firewall is always a problem, we generally knock it off, and add it back on.

If you install on the machine to be converted, you always get less issues, with firewalls, permissions etc
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Thanks for the excellent handholding guys! Sorry if I ask a lot of questions when I'm working on a project. You are my outsourced IT dept, so forgive me if I ask things rather than research them. I've got a dozen things going at once, so its awesome to throw it over the wall at you and have an answer in parallel. Hopefully I can return the favor if you come into my zones sometime. :)  -mjc
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It's always a pleasure and never a chore! That's what us VMware Experts are here for!

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