Unable to mount .vmdk file
Posted on 2014-03-07
we recently upgraded a client's server to SBS 2011 from SBS 2003.
The SBS server had an image created using the vmware standalone tool and then using Hamachi, we created a tunnel to send data on an evening to the hard drive in the DR site.
the free VMware mount utility was created the mapped drives and during the evening, the data would get transferred over, all well and good until the new SBS 2011 server came in
For some reason, the vmdk file will mount using vmware player (GUI) but not mount using the vmware mount utility (dos based) and we dont know why. The error is below.
""C:\Program Files (x86)\VMware\VMware DiskMount Utility\vmware-mount.exe" j: E:\VMs\sbssvr\SBSSVR.E.vmdk" failed with COM error: 0x80004005 (last partition extends past end of disk (12984:12983))
Vmware dont offer support, as its a free program, yet apart form larger disks in the new server, we see no reason why it wont work.
We have so far done the following:
1. Tried mounting other SBS drives (we did 3 seperate drives for C D and E), none of which would mount.
2. Deleted older vmdk to clear much more space on drive.
3. Ensured that the VM would actually start and that I could actually access data on all 3 SBS drives, thereby ruling out vmdk corruption.
4. Tried moving the vmdk to the external drive to rule out DRSERVER physical drive errors.
Any further help will be greatly appreciated