P2V failed: "Unable to reconfigure the destination virtual machine"

Posted on 2014-10-05
Last Modified: 2014-10-21
Need to convert this physical Win2003 SP2 server to a VM. Used VMware Converter 5.0.1. Kept name and IP same since we want to retire physical server.

I followed instructions of Luciano Patrão (disabled non-Microsoft services, etc.) and Andrew Hancock (De-selected "Power on target machine" & de-selected "Install VMware Tools on the imported machine". Left "Remove System Restore checkpoints on destination" & "Reconfigure destination virtual machine" selected.)

CPU, RAM, & NICs (it was teamed) were not changed.
C: disk was 70 GB and D: 205 GB. Sizes unchanged but Thin type selected.

I could successfully P2V SQL cluster with SAN using 5.5 version, but it was to a different name & IP. This conversion failed near the end. I am attaching vmware-converter-server-1.log file.

Wondering if unselecting "Reconfigure destination virtual machine" will do the trick, or should I change the name and IP temporarily. Thanks.

Question by:Akulsh
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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I would complete a simple P2V with no changes to the configuration. Also ensure that you are using the correct version of Converter, which supports 2003 SP2.

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

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting

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For Windows 2003 SP2 (not R2), the latest version of Standalone converter I can use is 5.0.1. Please correct me if I am wrong.

As I said, I did not change the configuration of machine, but did leave "Reconfigure destination virtual machine" checkbox selected, as recommend here in some articles -- and this setting worked fine for me in Converter 5.5. Might unselecting this checkbox do the trick? Thanks.

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I would not reconfigure the destination machine.
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When I chose that option or deselected that checkbox, I was given a Warning that VM may not startup (see enclosed). The conversion finished without error but VM is not starting. Any advice? Thanks.
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I'll check the log for anything obvious...

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Sorry for delay. The person for whom I was doing this P2V could not test it, so I could not wrap up this thread.
The new virtual Win2003 is working fine but I had to change the name and IP of this machine. Also, did leave "Reconfigure destination virtual machine" checkbox selected,

Author Closing Comment

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Feel guilty of giving B grade to a solution by Andrew Hancock. He was perhaps busy in tackling more worthy questions. I could make this P2V work for an old Windows 2003 server only by changing the name and IP of the server, which no one suggested here.  Thanks.
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Don't feel guilty, all questions are worthy, but when juggling 1,500 virtual questions sometimes, some notifications get missed or not delivered.

Glad you got it working!

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