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vmware error 0x80042318 converting on-line machine

Roger Alcindor
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I have a problem creating a vmware virtual image file from an on-line machine using vmwarecenter 4.3 stand-alone converter  on the machine to be imaged. The image file is being stored on a remote file server. The on-line machine is running windows Xp Professional SP3.

I get an error code 0x80042318 after 1 percent of the conversion process has run. Initially I thought that this was due to a FAT partition on the machine that was being imaged and so I un-checked the FAT partition in the options prior to running the conversion. This did not fix the problem and so, after some further research, I ran the following commads from a command prompt on the machine to be imaged:

Cd windows\system32

Net stop vss

Net stop swprv

regsvr32 ole32.dll

regsvr32 vss_ps.dll

Vssvc /Register

regsvr32 /i swprv.dll

regsvr32 /i eventcls.dll

regsvr32 es.dll

regsvr32 stdprov.dll

regsvr32 vssui.dll

regsvr32 msxml.dll

regsvr32 msxml3.dll

regsvr32 msxml4.dll

After completing the registration of the DLL’s open an command prompt and typing
"vssadmin list writers"
I get an error reported - Cd windows\system32

Net stop vss

Net stop swprv

regsvr32 ole32.dll

regsvr32 vss_ps.dll

Vssvc /Register

regsvr32 /i swprv.dll

regsvr32 /i eventcls.dll

regsvr32 es.dll

regsvr32 stdprov.dll

regsvr32 vssui.dll

regsvr32 msxml.dll

regsvr32 msxml3.dll

regsvr32 msxml4.dll


After completing the registration of the DLL’s open an command prompt and typing
"vssadmin list writer"
I get the following errormessage  :
"error: 0x8000ffff"

Any ideas what the problem might be ?

Roger




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Maen Abu-TabanjehNetwork Administrator, Network Consultant
Top Expert 2011

Commented:
run this command :
start -> run -> type :

regsvr32  ole32.dll

and retry .. good luck

Author

Commented:
I did that (again), makes no difference.
It was also included in the my question as well.

Commented:
What about imaging it a to a vmware workstation folder, and then importing that folder to the vcentre using VMware Converter. I sometimes get a similar error when I'm trying to P2V machines in our DMZ as some ports are closed. also paste the log file so we can take a look

Here is a link to the path of the log files.

http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1035811

Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
Fellow 2018
Expert of the Year 2017

Commented:
If you are having VSS issues with the Physical machine, I would try this workaround

@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"
Network Administrator, Network Consultant
Top Expert 2011
Commented:
this problem is an issue with the Volume Shadow Copy Service (VSS) on the Windows Operating System. You can verify this from the Windows Event Viewer, where you can see the related Volume Shadow Copy Service error.
 
VMware vCenter Converter uses the Windows VSS components on Windows XP, 2003, 2008 and Windows 7 systems in order to take a snapshot of the source volume.

Click Start, click Run, type regedit, and then click OK.

Locate and then click the following registry subkey:

HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SYSTEM\CurrentControlSet\Control\ContentIndex\Catalogs

Click the registry subkey for each program that is listed under the Catalogs registry subkey. For each

registry subkey, verify whether the Location registry entry exists.

If the Location registry entry is missing for a selected program, verify whether the program is still installed.

If the program is not installed, right-click the registry subkey for the program under the Catalogs subkey, and then click Delete. If the program is installed, correct the location information.

Restart the computer, and then use Windows Backup Utility to test this problem.