VMWare 5.1 - P2V

Hi Everyone,

Last night I tried to P2V a Windows 2008 R2 but failed.

The error I received : an error occurred while opening a virtual disk.  Verify that the converter server and the running source machines have a network access to the source and destination esx/esxi hosts.

Overview of troubleshooting steps taken :

-      The P-2-V seems to submit itself to VMWare host but then deletes the virtual server.  
-      I have disabled using SSL and this also failed
-      Tried different versions of the convertor
-      Checked the following services are running :
o      Workstation Service
o      Server Service
o      TCP/IP NetBIOS Helper Service
o      Volume Shadow Copy Service
-      Tried to thin provision the disks
-      Removed all drives apart from the C: drive
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Muhammad BurhanManager I.T.Commented:
did you getting that error after creating vdisk ?
CaussyRAuthor Commented:
I installed the VMware convertor on the physical server and ran through the GUI.  I tried using the FQDN and the IP address, but to no avail.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
can you screenshot the error message ?

are you are using the latest version of converter 6.0 ?

finally, can you upload the logs.
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CaussyRAuthor Commented:
The error is exactly as I typed it, didn't have any error number(s).

I tried 5.5 and 6.0

Please, find attached log.
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
when does this error occur - exactly ?

e.g. percentage conversion ?
CaussyRAuthor Commented:
So when I watch what is happening, I have the converter displaying on the physical server and on the other screen I have the VMware console running.

I can see the job being submitted in the Convertor and on the VM console I can see the server being created.  Shortly after in the VM console I can see the server being deleted and the error appears  at 1% in the convertor.

Hope that helps
Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Have you installed Converter on the server to be converted, and run on the server?

this is best practice?

also, are you converting direct to ESXi or vCenter Server?
CaussyRAuthor Commented:
I am converting directly from the physical machine.

I am connecting to the vCenter server.

From the physical node I also check network connectivity and DNS resolution. I have tried to P2V just using the IP address.
CaussyRAuthor Commented:
Found the fix, the VM Convertor was using a disk driver <disk driver>_SAS, so I changed to remove the SAS, and hey presto it worked.

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CaussyRAuthor Commented:
This was found out by myself
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