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Here’s a little info on how everything is set up:

The users use thin clients to connect on three terminal servers
A server on the network hosts the user’s Terminal Services Roaming Profiles
The path for the Terminal Services Roaming Profiles is defined in Group Policy

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When a user logs in on any of the terminal servers, his profile synchronizes with the “Profiles” server. What we want to do is convert this physical “Profiles” server to a virtual machine.

Our problem is that each User Roaming Profile Folder created in the “Profiles” server is owned by the user that created it, and the Administrator does not have access in it. So the VMware vCenter Converter cannot convert this physical server to a virtual machine, because it does not have access in these folders.

So how can we convert his physical machine to a virtual machine?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Have you tried using VMware Converter Standalone to convert the Profile Server, because it "clones" at the disk level and should ignore ACL on the disk.

Download VMware vCenter Converter here
http://downloads.vmware.com/d/info/datacenter_downloads/vmware_vcenter_converter_standalone/4_0

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.x Documentation
http://www.vmware.com/support/pubs/converter_pubs.html

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.3 User Guide
http://www.vmware.com/pdf/convsa_43_guide.pdf

If you have issues, you may want to consult the following guides

Read fellow Expert Bestway's article.
http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_3639-VMware-vConverter-P2V-for-Windows-Servers.html

Best Practice Video Guide here
http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1004588

@paulsolov fellow EE Expert has suggested the following method:-

"If all else fails do the following as it has helped me over a hundred times when converter fails

1.  Download trial copy of Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery
2.  Install and take an image of the server
3.  Use VMware Converter to convert image (it knows it natively) to a VM"


Check the video here I created earlier, and you can see the process.

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/Q_27232719.html?cid=1572#a36291208
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Do you have a license that enables you to use the COLDCLONE.iso?
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Thank you.
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