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Converting old Win2k Professional PC to VM image

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I have an old Windows 2000 Professional PC with one particular app installed on it that we need to run every few months. It can't be installed on a later version of Windows. I am trying to reduce the number of old machines in the office so would like to convert it to a VM. I have just tried running the latest version of the standalone converter on it and it says that XP is the earliest OS now supported.

I believe earlier versions of the converter would work with WIn2k - can anyone suggest how I get hold of a copy, and also provide a procedure for converting the box? I have read quite a number of posts in various places (almost all for Server 2000) which seem to imply that it can be a tricky process.
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by:Luciano Patrão
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Hi

Please read my article how to convert Windows servers

http://www.experts-exchange.com/Software/VMWare/A_3639-VMware-vConverter-P2V-for-Windows-Servers.html

For Windows 2000 you should use a more old vConverter version.

Also the Windows must have the last SP(for 2000 I think is 4)

If you have any questions, please feel free to ask

Hope this can help

Jail
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When clicking the link below

Click Other versions of VMware vCenter Converter Standalone:  5.0, 3.0 to download.

Use 3.0.

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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by:rjebb
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Thanks for all the advice guys, I'll keep you posted on how I get on
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One final thought, we still use this old process of converting troublesome Windows 2000 servers.

It's called Ultimate P2V, it involves taking an image of the existing server via Ghost, run Ghost on the Physical, Ghost on the Virtual Machine (so you create a VM of similar spec, CPU, Memory, use the Buslogic Controller, Specify WIn2k0), complete Ghost to Ghost via network.

and then inject the Storage Controller drivers, install VMware Tools, and your alsmost done, tidy up, remove hidden devices etc.

see here

http://www.rtfm-ed.co.uk/vmware-content/ultimate-p2v/
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by:rjebb
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Progress so far:

FIrst, please note I am trying to convert a desktop PC (WIndows 2000 Professional) not a Windows 2000 server.

That said, I installed converter 4.0.1 on the box and asked it to create a VMware workstation VM from it. It came up with a warning about not having sysprep files immediately prior to the conversion but I just let it run anyway to see what happens. The machine just has 1 IDE disk split into C: and D: drives.

I can run up the VM it has created OK, but it is only displaying graphics as 640x480 in 16 colours. It basically has 2 misconfigured devices (see screenshot) but I'm not sure how to resolve either of them.

I have also tried installing VMware tools but this didn't seem to get anywhere at all.

Any idea on what to do next?
 device manager from new vm
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Luciano Patrão earned 250 total points
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Hi

Did you perform the clean of the old devices like is show in the article?

Then yes you need to install the VMware tools to have all drivers running.

Jail
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Remove the Unknown Devices, and manually specify the video driver in the Program Files directory where the VMware Tools are installed.
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by:rjebb
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With the VM displayed in the workstation window as shown in my screenshot I tried once again to install VMware Tools, using the option in the VM menu.

This time it worked, and has resolved the issue with the odd devices - I now have 1280 x 1024 graphics again, and the "Base System Device" has disappeared.
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