Server died. Primary Disk connected to another working server. How to P2V this secondary disk?

hi guys

I have had an urgent situation, whereby our server running Windows XP died. We've managed to connect the disk to another working server, by using a caddy which has a USB lead that connects to this server. So now, this disk is being seen by the server as a secondary disk.

I ran the Vmware standalone converter, hoping that I could virtualise this primary disk and run it as a VM on this actual working server. But of course, the disk isn't mounted and so Vmware converter can't P2V this disk, so far as I see.

Do you guys have any idea how to go about doing this?

Thank you

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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone! and another product which is capable of providing an image to VMware vCenter Converter Standalone to convert to a VM.

Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery (download a trial) can image the disk, and then present the image to VMware vCenter Converter Standalone!

see my EE Article, Step by Step Tutorial Instructions with Screenshots

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5

HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

HOW TO: Improve the transfer rate of a Physical to Virtual (P2V), Virtual to Virtual Conversion (V2V) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.0

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YashyAuthor Commented:
Hey hanccocka,
I'm downloading these now and will let you know how I get on by the morning:)

thanks man
YashyAuthor Commented:
I've got the symantec software. I'm following this guide. Is this correct?:

Thanks again
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, backup the Windows XP E: drive, and use the resulting image.

Acronis and Symantec have options which can convert this directly to a VM, without using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone.
YashyAuthor Commented:
Do I use this option (snapshot provided)? Should I use Workstation or Esx/Esxi?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Where would you like to virtualise the computer on VMware Workstation or VMware ESX/ESXi ?
YashyAuthor Commented:
I guess you just answered my question:). It'll be Vmware Workstation.

Can Vmware player not be used at all?
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Yes, the same version for VMware Workstation can be used on VMware Player.
YashyAuthor Commented:
How do I assign you like 5million points?!

Worked like magic.....magic. Thank you again:)
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:

Ask the Moderators!!!! (I joke, before you go off and hassle them!).

Glad it's fixed your issue, I was just working on this very article!

All the Best

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