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VMware converter - Linux physical machine to VM

Hi all,

I am using VMware converter 5 to try to convet a physical Linux (Debian) web server to our VMWare infrastructure.

It crashes at 99% (it did not seem to copy any files as the process took 4 minutes only !!)

The error message is the following (translated from French) :

FAILED: An error occured while converting : 'GrubInstaller::InstallGrub: /usr/lib/vmware-converter/installGrub.sh failed with return code: 127, and message: Installing GRUB1 on (hd0)... /vmware-updateGrub.sh: 59: grub:
not found Error installing GRUB Error running vmware-updateGrub.sh through chroot into /mnt/p2v-src-root '

I see the VM on my Vcenter but as soon as the converter stops, the VM is being deleted so I have no idea of what has been converted.

Hope someone can help

Thanks
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Debian is not one of the supported Operating Systems listed in the Release Notes

http://www.vmware.com/support/converter/doc/conv_sa_50_rel_notes.html
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dlan75Author Commented:
Well it is not listed, that is a fact but there might be a solution no?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Converter 5.0 is troublesome at the best of times. If it's not been tested and confirmed working on a flavour of Linux it is even more difficult to troubleshoot, at 99% it's trying to install Customization/Reconfig/VMware Tools usually.

Did you specify, customization options or install VMware Tools?
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dlan75Author Commented:
Not particularly I left the maximum as standard in order to avoid those problems. The weird thing is that it comes to 99% in 4 minutes that is very fast, I don't see how it can transfer anything within that time
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
its possible it does not recognise the partition.
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dlan75Author Commented:
so what can I do for it to recognise the partition?
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
Is this a one time only conversion? If that is the case, you could try and create a clonezilla image of your debian server and import that into an empty (debian) VM.
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dlan75Author Commented:
yes it is, would you have some documentation or tutorial to do that?
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
I did not write a tuturial myself but found you one here:

http://www.ibm.com/developerworks/linux/library/l-clonezilla/

Note that I only restored to a VMware player image, not the VMware server.
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dlan75Author Commented:
ok will try that this week
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Gerwin Jansen, EE MVETopic Advisor Commented:
So the clonezilla method did not work for you?
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dlan75Author Commented:
nope :-(
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