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When trying to P2V the RH Linux machine to ESX 5.1, I receive the error that I it can't query the Linux source machine.  I searched the NET and also asked support - without an answer so far.  Port 22 is definitely open, /tmp directory is writeable and there are no echo commands in the .bashrc file.  I also uninstalled 5.1 converter and tried 5.01 converter -- same result.  Does anyone have other ideas?
Thanks.
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Are you connecting using IP address?  That often resolves a lot of problems for me in these kinds of transitions.

If you can't resolve hostnames, you might want to check your DNS settings.  You can also try pinging back and forth between the systems using IP and hostname.
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see my EE Articles, try VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5, have you checked your version of Linux is supported for conversion?

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.5
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Are you able to connect to port 22 with root, on the windows box that have converter installed? Take a look of the converter log (C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone\logs) , what is the error that logged?
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Yes -- I can SSH from the converter machine as Root on port 22. Thanks for your reply - the error from the log is below.

2014-04-04T10:32:49.083-05:00 [10384 error 'Default'] Sysinfo Query failed with error [Converter Agent SysinfoQuery] execution of vmware-sysinfo failed; return code: 139; result: ./vmware-sysinfo-lin32.sh: line 21: 16560 Segmentation fault      LD_LIBRARY_PATH="$abslibdir" "$libdir"/$binary "$@"
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What version of RHEL (uname -a) and converter? Can you post the follow?

From converter-
ipconfig all

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cat /etc/sysconfig/network-scripts/ifcfg-eth*

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The info you requested is below.  I have tried both IP address and name without success.
For converter version, I've tried 5.0.1 and 5.1.  RH version is  uname --version -
uname (GNU coreutils) 5.97 .  I haven't tried 5.5 converter -- but I'm only on version 5.1 for everything else.

Thanks

Windows IP Configuration

   Host Name . . . . . . . . . . . . : apbrvcenter
   Primary Dns Suffix  . . . . . . . : domain.com
   Node Type . . . . . . . . . . . . : Hybrid
   IP Routing Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   WINS Proxy Enabled. . . . . . . . : No
   DNS Suffix Search List. . . . . . : domain.com

Ethernet adapter Local Area Connection 2:

   Connection-specific DNS Suffix  . :
   Description . . . . . . . . . . . : vmxnet3 Ethernet Adapter
   Physical Address. . . . . . . . . : 00-0C-29-FB-C2-E8
   DHCP Enabled. . . . . . . . . . . : No
   Autoconfiguration Enabled . . . . : Yes
   IPv4 Address. . . . . . . . . . . : 10.2.100.175(Preferred)
   Subnet Mask . . . . . . . . . . . : 255.255.0.0
   Default Gateway . . . . . . . . . : 10.2.1.1
   DNS Servers . . . . . . . . . . . : 10.2.100.33
                                       10.2.100.112
   NetBIOS over Tcpip. . . . . . . . : Enabled

DEVICE=eth0
BOOTPROTO=static
BROADCAST=10.2.255.255
HWADDR=00:24:E8:72:0A:C5
IPADDR=10.2.100.27
IPV6INIT=yes
IPV6_AUTOCONF=yes
NETMASK=255.255.0.0
NETWORK=10.2.0.0
ONBOOT=yes
# Broadcom Corporation NetXtreme II BCM5708 Gigabit Ethernet
DEVICE=eth1
BOOTPROTO=dhcp
HWADDR=00:24:E8:72:0A:C7
ONBOOT=no
DHCP_HOSTNAME=cscilinux3.domain.com
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Your ip configurations are straight forward and it shouldn't be the issue.

I suggest trying with converter 5.5. I am using converter 5.5 for p2v on the production environment with my 5.1 ESX hosts and haven't see any issue. (As long as you choose the correct vmware hardware)

5.5 converter contains many bug fixes that it may have solve your issue.
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Have tried Version 5.5 -- unfortunately, the result is the same error - unable to query source.

Thanks
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Are you able to P2V RHEL server on the same subnet before?

Sorry ,looks like with this type of error (Segmentation fault), you might have to engage vmware to get this resolved. It indicates that there is an exception and the P2V could not understand or handle.
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To let everyone know, my problem I think is a Xen kernel -- I've found article that this kernel isn't supported with VMware.  I did talk to VMware and this was their thought.  I have no alternate kernels configured - so I can't prove a new kernel would fix it -- but I think it would.
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A solution was proposed for my problem that was helpful.  VMware support suggest Xen kernel was the problem.
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