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transfering virtual machines from a stand alone ESXi Host to a Farm gives me a warning : Cannot find a system volume for reconfiguration.

Posted on 2011-10-16
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i have been trying to work out the best procedure to transfer a few virtual machines we had configured on stand alone ESXi hosts, to our Farm. We are using ESXi 4.1. The best method I have found to date is using the VMWARE stand alone converter 4.3. I am able to point to the source, then log into the destination, specify datastores, version, etc then let it transfer. I have done it 3 times so far today and they all ran smoothly. I have only used test VMs though, but next weekend I plan to transfer our main SQL server, there is 527GB of data and obviously, this is a big deal if something does not transfer properly. The only issue I have seen is near the end of the transfer, I get the above warning: "Cannot find a system volume for reconfiguration." and after I log in for the first time it tells me I need to restart a few seconds later. Other then that, everything seems fine and once I reboot the servers appear to be functioning perfectly. Is this warning something I should be concerned about? The servers are running Windows 2008, if that matters
Question by:Thor2923
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I would not worry too much about that error, it just means it cannot install VMware Tools or Remove System Restore points.

Just make sure with SQL, you stop the SQL services, your conversion time is likely to be approx 8 to 10 hours, so plan accordingly.
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So just install VMware Tools afterwards manually.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 2000 total points
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Read fellow Expert Bestway's article for hints and tips, and scripts to remove hidden devices afterwards.


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thanks for all the input, since I was playing with test servers and will soon delete them from disk, I do not see a need to install vmware tools, but that is good advice for my live transfer. Since I shut down the vm before I start the transfer, it is still god practice to shut down SQL service manually first? I did not think of that part. And yes I am aware of the time commitment involved. The live server I will be moving is 576GB and our mail SQL server. I actually estimate 20-23 hours to complete this procedure, so obviously this is a weekend project. I will check out all your hints and tips too...thanks
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If you are shuting down the server, no need to stop SQL, but we always do, to check the converted server, before starting any important services!

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gread advice...thanks

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