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Restore/recover Windows 2008R2 to VMWare from Windows Backup

Posted on 2013-02-03
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Hi all!

We've had a server crash with SBS2011, and need to do a restore to a VMware computer/image. We have a huge problem in finding similar hardware to restore/recover from Windows backup, so we have tried to restore to a VMWare machine. Of course it just boots into a bluescreen, because of the missing/different harddisk drivers in VMWare. Is it a way where we can install the drivers/convert the virtualized machine to start properly?

Of course this is urgent, as the customer is without their server for the moment...

Thanks!
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after the restore, into a VM, have you tried a repair on the OS from the DVD.
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Yes, it said that it couldn't repair the computer automatically, and that the "problem signature07" was "BadDriver".
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Use VMware vCenter Converter Standalone (free). Choose "Configure Machine" from the top menu, and browse to the vmx-file. Then choose "Customize guest preferences for the virtual machine", "Reconfigure destination virtual machine" and "Install VMware Tools on the destination virtual machine".

Voilá!

Kjetil Broch
Kobit AS
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Resolved it myself
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