Windows 2003 Server -> P2V -> now automatically shutsdown after loading login screen appears.

Upgraded physical server to virtual server...  p2v completed and synchronized.   Started on Console, system started loading and made it to Login screen and 1 second later automatically shuts down.
drews777Asked:
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drews777Author Commented:
Disabled all NIC connection, problem continues.
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
did you try booting in safe mode?
is it a clean shutdown or just suddenly powers off immediately?
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drews777Author Commented:
using Vsphere Client, don't see option for booting in safe mode from the console...  clean shutdown... I did get an error message about some driver failing to load.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
did you remove all the specific hardware drivers before the P2V?

e.g. vendor specific drivers and tools
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ded9Commented:
Adding to seth2740 comments

Try this article

http://www.techieshelp.com/put-a-virtual-machine-in-safemode/

Steps are same to enter safe mode. F8 key.



Ded9
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drews777Author Commented:
I've been trying to enter safe mode for hours now... I did not remove vendor specific drivers.  

I have extended the bios load time to 10 seconds.   Use F8 and Fn+F8 on two different PC's/Keyboards.   My keyboard doesn't actually say Fn on the key but I believe it's the menu pull down image with the Arrow.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
before you P2V, one of the pre-P2V functions is to remove all vendor specific software and drivers, because if vendor specific drivers are trying to commuinicate with hardware and fail in the virtual machine, it can shutdown the computer.

what was the physical hardware ?

is the VM shutting down, or crashing with a BSOD?
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drews777Author Commented:
Running on Dell T620.   Windows is doing a clean shutdown
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Okay, could be a mangement driver which is causing this.
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drews777Author Commented:
Anyone figure out a reason I cant get into SAFE MODE with F8?
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ded9Commented:
Try with another keyboard.



Ded9
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drews777Author Commented:
Worked with another keyboard.   Now I can get to desktop in safe mode.  Advice on disabling driver or whatever else may cause system to restart.  Anything I should look for in system logs?
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drews777Author Commented:
I removed hidden unused adapters (RAID, NETWORK, ETC), same issue
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Seth SimmonsSr. Systems AdministratorCommented:
i would look for any errors and warnings in the system and application logs; specifically this last time you started normally then it shutdown - what is in the log during that time
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ded9Commented:
If its a bsod then upload minidump here for analysis


C:\Windows\minidump




Ded9
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drews777Author Commented:
Disabled some system driver.  Works okay.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
What was the system driver that caused the issue?

Was it a Dell driver?
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drews777Author Commented:
Solved on own
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
It would be interesting for other Members, if you could let us know which system driver you disabled.

"Disabled Some System driver" does not really help the community.
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