Issues while creating PVS Image

Hello All, I am not to Provisioning Services and need help as I am struggling to create PVS Image. I am having PVS 7.1.3 configured on a Virtual machine.I am trying to create a master image which is also a virtual machine with windows 2008 R2 with SP1 installed. I am using VMXnet3 ethernet card and have installed the microsoft patch before installed device wizard. Here are some of the issues I am facing.

1. Created device on PVS server. When I reboot the server for the first time and boot it from HDD I think the vhd should mount and conversion should take place but the disk is not mounting. I have enabled automount but after rebooting the server I think it does not stay enabled. I have made few registry entries to enable it but it is not working.

2. I tested it in old environment long time back There disk was mounting but conversion from HDD to VHD was not taking place. So I created the image by running P2PVS.exe.I was able to take the image like. Is it a right way to do it ?

3. On PVS server when I right click the image I don't see version option to make a new version of the disk. I am using PVS 7.1.3.

Your suggestions would be highly appreciated.


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Dirk KotteSECommented:
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amichaellCommented:
1. Do you have a target device for the server in which you are capturing the master image?  Did you install the target device software on the master image?

2. Yes, you can use P2PVS.exe.

3. Is the vDisk in standard mode?  Do you already have a maintenance version?
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Horus IDFSystem AdminAuthor Commented:
1. Do you have a target device for the server in which you are capturing the master image?  Did you install the target device software on the master image? - Yes

2. Yes, you can use P2PVS.exe - Thanks

3.Is the vDisk in standard mode?  Do you already have a maintenance version? - You are a genius. I did not know that disk should be in standard mode. I always checked it when it was in private mode. Thanks a ton :-)

Any idea why disk conversion is not taking place from HDD to Vdisk when I reboot server for the first time after creating the image.
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Horus IDFSystem AdminAuthor Commented:
Could someone please suggest what could be the reason for auto conversion not taking place as stated in above post ?
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amichaellCommented:
Have you looked at the logs?  Is the .vhd showing as a drive in My Computer?
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Horus IDFSystem AdminAuthor Commented:
Yes it shows but auto conversion does not take place.
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amichaellCommented:
What does the log file say?  I never use the auto conversion preferring to run BNImage or XenConvert afterward manually.
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Dirk KotteSECommented:
first you need the vHDD bound to existing Master-windows.
the system has to boot from LAN (Boot-Order at the hypervisor).
next. within the new and empty vHDD at the PVS you have to set "boot from HDD"

this allows the vHDD within the running master-windows.
you should see the vHDD status try icon as connected.

then start some physical to virtual converter like BNImage or XenConvert to thansfer the disc-content from c: d:
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Horus IDFSystem AdminAuthor Commented:
Which version of xenconvert should I use. I use PVS7.1.X  with XA6.5 ? Do I need to download Xenconvert because I am not able to see it in Provisioning directory ? Earlier I used P2PVS.exe for conversion, is it not the right way to do it ?
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Dirk KotteSECommented:
after installing the target device software on the VM, the Provisioning Services Imaging Wizard should start, configure the new, empty vDisk and start the capture after a reboot. It also give hints how to configure the services needed.
I have to search how this wizzard or capture tool is named, but it is placed at the PVS target while PVS tools installation.
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