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
CaussyRAsked:
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Muhammad BurhanManager I.T.Commented:
did you getting that error after creating vdisk ?
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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.
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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.
ConverterDiagnostics20151029194638.zip
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
when does this error occur - exactly ?

e.g. percentage conversion ?
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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
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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?
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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.
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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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