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I am having a little bit of a issue with my conversion of a windows server to a vm vmware.

I installed vmware standalone converter 5.5 on the server. Then I used the program to convert the machine. First time by it succeeded and when I turned the new vm on I couldnt get the network to run. The network service/s will not start they just timeout.

So I ran the converter again this time not electing to convert the nic card. Same result. The strange part is the network will start in safe mode only. This is my first attempt at converting a standalone server to a VM. This server is not a domain controller but does have a database on it that was stopped prior to conversion. Also While using the converter tool I was not sure if I should bring the 100mb partition along with the conversion so I left this checked by default. I also wasnt sure what services to stop during the conversion either so I did stop the obvious ones such as adobe updater and a couple other software items that I have on the server. Any help is appreciated.

Thanks in advance.
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I should also not that I installed the vmware tools on the converted server and then tried adding a new nic and each time I get the same result networking services wont start up.
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Well, I figured it out. for some reason the conversion kept the old nic adapter ut it was hidden. I had to go into the device manager and select show hidden devices and uninstall it. a couple reboot later and all is working well.
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I've requested that this question be closed as follows:

Accepted answer: 0 points for pgator's comment #a39734932

for the following reason:

I found the issue on my own.,
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Highlighted in my EEc article HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

Ensuring hidden network interfaces are removed.
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Where is the ee article. I also did agree with your request for credit on this. You post which I am sure is helpful is to vague and covers many topics and filtering through everything in your list is not what I wanted to do and I believe is not what expert exchange is about. This list of items on conversion is a good list but should not be posted when a specific question is asked. Unless some was looking for a good guide
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The article was posted in http:#a39734745

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

Quoting my EE Article above

Whether you are a VMware vSphere Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced or Expert, Physical to Virtual conversions sometimes are not easy, and many issues can arise, a successful conversion requires 50% technical knowledge, 25% patience and  25% luck to get a successful conversion. Sometimes it is not as simple, as install VMware vCenter Converter Standalone, and click next to obtain a successful conversion.


As detailed in the article, removing hidden drivers is the cause of many issues with P2V conversions. It should always be done, Successful P2V conversions are not about installing the Converter software, and hitting next, next, done.

The FAQ was written to address, the Top 30 Questions which are Asked about VMware P2V conversions not working. Six P2V questions are asked each week on EE.

If you found the issue on your own, with no help from Experts Exchange, please close and request the question to be deleted, that's not an issue for me.
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Uninstall Hardware Management Software and Drivers

Remove any hardware specific management software like Dell’s Server Assistant. You can also uninstall any hardware drivers for video and network cards, you won’t need these anymore.

Remove Hidden Nics

You will probably run into issue where windows complains about the IP already being assigned to a network card yet no other network card shows up. Sometimes you end up with a hidden NIC that you have to manually remove:

Click Start, click Run, type cmd.exe, and then press ENTER.
Type set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1, and then press ENTER.
Type Start DEVMGMT.MSC, and then press ENTER.
Click View, and then click Show Hidden Devices.
Expand the Network adapters tree.
Right-click the dimmed network adapter, and then click Uninstall.
Once this is complete, you can go back and modify your new network adapter settings or import your saved config (you may have to rename Local Area Connection first).
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If you look in the documents, there is a script to do it!

It makes it much quicker!

Vendor software should be removed before the P2V, because sometimes, it cannot be removed on the virtual server, because it does not recognize it a Dell, IBM or HP etc
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Excellent
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But you will learn all these techniques, as you do more and more P2Vs, and then you will come across a physical server you cannot P2V for no apparent reason, and then time to swap software products!

Happy P2V-ing and Merry Chrimbo.
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