How to Import Windows 2003 Std Server with Dynamic Disk into VMware ESXi

Posted on 2011-10-20
Last Modified: 2012-05-12
Hi All,

I tried to Move a Physical Machine into a Virtual Last night, without Success.

The Source is a IBM x206 with 2 x 74GB SCSi U320 HDD in Raid1, Partitioned into 2with C: and D: and those Disk are Dynamic, not sure why bad choice back in the old days.

The way i normally move Phy to Virt is by Creating an Acronis Image of the Server in which this was created Correctly and without Errors and then use the vmware Standalone Convertor to bring it into the ESXi Server at the same time We re-size the HDD Partitions and also make c: and d: a Seperate Vertical Disk.

Then i went to Import the Acronis Image into the ESXi Server last nigh tthese options where not avalible to me i pressuem becuase the Disks where Dynamic, i could only bring them in as one whole Virtual Disk

I did as the Converter wanted to do and by this morning the Acronis Image had been imported in saying Successful, but when i went to start it up it came up with no Operating System

Anyway Ideas

I am going to try it tonight using the Converter on the Phy Machine and just run the "Convert ot Virtual" Directly

Thanks in Advance Adam

Question by:cdsaus
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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    I personally, would install VMware Converter Standalone, on the Server to be converted and try again.

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

    Read fellow Expert Bestway's article.

    Best Practice Video Guide here

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    by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE)
    also, not sure which version of converter you are using but v5.0 is available now.
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    Was there a SCSI Controller assigned to the VM? I've seen conversions where they hasn't happened, & thus not able to boot the VM. A little bit of research shows that you indeed will have an issue with Dynamic disks. See the Release Notes for Converter v. 5.0:

    "Virtual machines created from Acronis images that have dynamic volumes do not start up after the conversion. Some Acronis True Image images of Windows Vista, Windows Server 2008, or Windows 7 are not correctly configured and do not start up after the conversion. The problem occurs when the system or the active disk is located on a dynamic volume in the source.

    1.Create a new virtual machine using the vSphere Client.
    2.Use the Acronis True Image software to restore the image inside the new virtual machine.

    There used to be an issue in a release of Converter (3.0) where Dynamic disks were not supported, but then were in an updated release (3.0.1). That being said, you should be able to use Converter as already suggested and the P2V be succcessful.


    Author Comment

    Thanks guys, just about to try nit now

    Can you just tell me, can you use Version 5 of Converter to go into a ESXi 4.1 Server
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    Yes, works fine.
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    Excellent work by both Experts here thank you so much for the quick response from both you you, problem is solved and new servers is work

    Thanks Again


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