VMware Standalone Converter Failed to convert VM and now dont start at all


I have the following setup

1 Server - ESXi 4.0
1 Server - ESXi 5.0

I have a Windows 2003 SBS server running on the ESXi 5.0 Server which i am almost ready to decommission.

But for a little longer i need to keep it going but it is running out of space on the d: Drive (Data) and where Exchange lives.

And the C: Drive isnt the best either

C: 1.2GB
D: 486MB

Anyway my thought was just to run the converter across it and move it to the ESXi 4.0 Server re-sizing the disk during, and  for the time being run it from there as there is 600gb free there that i can use.

Just a Note in case it is relevant.

The Current VM is Running on Hardware Version 8 on the ESXi 5.0 server

When running converter to the 4.0 Server have to use Hardware 7

Anyway, Started Conversion last night and everything looked ok

Got up the morning and saw that it had stopped and failed at 17% with the below error

FAILED: An error occurred during the conversion:

So I restarted Server and went to start again now i am getting

Fatal Error (see Attached Photo 2 for Full Error) when i try and restart job or start a new one

Hope someone can advise

Thanks Adam
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Are you using the latest versions of Converter 6.0 ?

Does it fail at the same place all the time ?

Make sure you install Converter on the VM to be converter, and Stop all the Exchange Services.

Please see my EE Article.


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cdsausAuthor Commented:
Hi Andrew,

I feel a little silly

I copyed the worker xml file to edit the ssl feature to false with the intention of renaming the copy the the .xml and changed the org xml to xml.org so had no worker xml file realistically at all

That is what caused the second error i think

Its Version 5 of the converter by the way sorry forgot to answer that question first

I think the original job might have failed last night maybe due to another backup starting duing the conversation is all i can put it down to as once i fixed the worker.xml file up and created a new job for the hell of it all worked fine

I always stop the SMTP and the Exchange store service before converting any servers like this.

Anyway all done and looks good

I now have enough space to convert all the mailboxes out to PST ready for import into the new o365 setup

Only think i need to do now which is another reason i made a copy if restore a AD user and re-attach the mail box to the new user ready for export as well

I know you will most likely ask me to start a new question but have you used the ADrestore.Net GUI problem to restore an AD user?

I am downloading it from here but just want to make sure i get the right version virus free etc

if you have a copy of this or better place to download from please let me know


Thanks Adam
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
I'm afraid of he benefit of other users, please post a new question
cdsausAuthor Commented:
Just for others reference i answered my own question so refer to my last post on this question for how i solved this problem but Andrews response was relevant and still helpful for where we where traveling

Thanks Adam
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