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P2V - errorI have done P2V on Debian 3 and its failed. I tried with Debian4 and now I am getting this output.

Please see attached screenshot for error.

Any help on how to do this properly will help.
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What are you using the P2V.

If you are using "VMware Converter"

Debian is not listed as a supported Guest OS.

see here

https://www.vmware.com/support/converter/doc/conv_sa_55_rel_notes.html#guestos
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For ESXi 5.0 it should work right?
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If I use old version of convertor will it work for ESXi 5.5 ?
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If you are using "VMware Converter" any version!

Debian is not listed as a supported Guest OS.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2) earned 500 total points
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Yes, Debian is supported as a Guest OS on ESXi 5.x.

I did not state that.

I stated, VMware Converter does not support it as a Guest to convert!

see the release notes I posted.
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what other tools i have to use to convert Debian
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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Just use a cloning tool, to clone the disk, and before you clone add a SCSI driver which is compatible with VMware vSphere.
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Andrew,

Can you please provide me a step by step solution on how to convert this Debian 4 Physical to Virtual.

I am scratching my head all day to fix this.
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host:~# uname -a
Linux host 2.6.18-4-amd64 #1 SMP Mon Mar 26 11:36:53 CEST 2007 x86_64 GNU/Linux

host:~# cat /etc/issue
Debian GNU/Linux 4.0 \n \l

host:~# cat /etc/issue.net
Debian GNU/Linux 4.0


The above details are coming from my Debian 4 physical system.

If I need to download exact version is that the right version?
Please confirm.
http://mirror.debianforum.de/debian-iso-archive/etch/amd64/
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Here is a procedure here

http://www.tienhuis.nl/archives/17
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is debian 4 contains 4 ISO of almost 4 GB each?

I wonder that big of a OS?
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I tried to do P2V (Debian 3/4/5) same error.

I spoke to vmware and they told me P2V went successful.  The issue is with the OS not the vmware converter.

I wonder if you can help to fix the linux issue that i posted here.  As per vmware this is the linux issue not the converter.

During P2V the conversion was successful.  When I boot the VM, I am getting this error on all Debian 3,4 and 5 system.

I tried to boot from Debian live and rescue cd but i don't find anything inside /boot directory.
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by:Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)
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If VMware Support have confirmed the P2V is successful, then VMware Support must be correct.

Personally I'm not convinced.

As for the error message, I would Post a New Question in the Linux Topic, for Advice.
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