Vmware Converter 6.2 Error A File I/O error occured while accessing ".

Using VMware Converter Standalone 6.2

I am getting the following error trying to convert a physical server to virtual.
Error accessing ".
I am running the converter locally on the Source physical machine i am trying to convert.

I have tried almost everything i can find on google regarding this issue and nothing has worked.  

DNS is working completely fine accross my entire domain.  And i tested telnetting from source to esxi hosts and vcenter with the appropriate ports and everything works.



Need help.
JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAsked:
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
does it happen at the same place all the time ?

use a hard disk scanning product to check for surface defects?

also repeat the job, but try not to alter any of the job parameters, e.g. just stick to defaults

finally upload all logs here

you could try IP Addresses, or go direct to ESXi, when removed from vCenter

Also convert to VMware Workstation, and a Windows Share, and then Convert that into vCenter
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
go direct to ESXi, when removed from vCenter

Also convert to VMware Workstation, and a Windows Share, and then Convert that into vCenter

Need to clarify,

do you mean remove the Esxi host from vcenter and try using vmware converter to connect direct to the esxi host on the destination part?

Ive never converted to vmware workstation before.  Is that an option in Vmware Converter?   What do you mean by Windows Share?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Need to clarify,

do you mean remove the Esxi host from vcenter and try using vmware converter to connect direct to the esxi host on the destination part?

Correct

Ive never converted to vmware workstation before.  Is that an option in Vmware Converter?   What do you mean by Windows Share?

Correct, option in Converter.

A Share you create on a Windows computer ? e.g. how do you connect to a Windows Server ? to transfer and copy files ? A Share of Windows CIFS, SMB etc
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
dude i meant what do you mean by windows share when it comes to converting a physical machine in vmware converter? ???
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
do you mean convert to a template that i then move to a windows share???

in vwmare converter is there an option to point the destination to a windows share instead of Vcenter?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
in vwmare converter is there an option to point the destination to a windows share instead of Vcenter?

yes!

Select the convert to VMware Workstation option in Converter, and hopefully all will become clear!
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
ok well it cant be scandisk since i just now tried testing on another physical machine and i am getting the same exact error.  it happens after clicking finish at the end of the converter wizard.  It will say submitting conversion parameters for a while, then shows the error in the screenshot.  

Ive also tried leaving everything default with the same error

I cant upload logs for security reasons unfortunately

I have tried looking through them though and for example, in the worker log, i  just see alot of:


2018-01-30T19:32:19.396-05:00 warning vmware-converter-worker[02004] [Originator@6876 sub=Default] [,0] [NFC ERROR] NfcNewAuthdConnectionEx: Failed to connect to peer. Error: Connection terminated by server, ret -1 err 10054

2018-01-30T19:32:19.396-05:00 info vmware-converter-worker[02004] [Originator@6876 sub=Default] Error 2338 opening disk vpxa-nfcssl://[AF5K-MIA1VMVOL-DS20-e] ****.****.com/*****.****.com.vmdk@ESX****.***.com:902!52 d2 ca f0 ed 2b b8 be-cd 04 c7 15 2d 59 f6 46.
2018-01-30T19:32:19.396-05:00 warning vmware-converter-worker[02004] [Originator@6876 sub=Default] ERROR 2338 opening disk disk-2000.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
did you try conversion to Windows Share, VMware Workstation ?

convert to ESXi direct.

try and earlier version of converter.
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
ok, i am running Vcenter 5.5, which version of vmware workstation should or you would recommend i chose as the wizard is asking
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
it does not matter, because you'll be converting from it later to ESXi.

but lets select 10!
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
what type of NIC option should i chose?  i am not sure which one

NIC
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
does  not matter, will be converting this later to ESXi.
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Ok i am about to click finish.  I am not synchronizing But before i click finish, I have to ask.  will this cause any downtime on the physical source machine.  Judging from the last thread i opened and your response, i believe the answer is no.  But i thought i would doublecheck.  This is a very important server that must be up at all times.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
no, it uses vss
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Success!
vmware2.png
I hate this method cause i had to find a large HD for me to put it on! :(

Wonder why it works this way but not to vcenter.  I dont think it will be a problem for me to convert it to esxi once this completes but i need to fix why it wont work to vcenter
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
sorry i spoke to soon!!! damn!
it failed!

now  i am getting this
vmware3.png
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
when i I created the share, i made sure everyone group is assigned full permissions on the share.  A Vmware article suggests fixing share permissions, but its Everyone group full permissions.  And i tested browsing the share and creating and deleteing a file.  no issues.
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
that looks like share permissions or security permissions on the share, NTFS - are there any virtual machine disks created ?

otherwise it's a bug in 6.2.

in case you've never read my EE Article, I'll quote from it...

Whether you are a VMware vSphere Beginner, Intermediate, Advanced or Expert, Physical to Virtual conversions sometimes are not easy, and many issues can arise, a successful conversion requires 50% technical knowledge, 25% patience and  25% luck to get a successful conversion. Sometimes it is not as simple, as install VMware vCenter Converter Standalone, and click next to obtain a successful conversion.

HOW TO: FAQ VMware P2V Troubleshooting
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Ok its working now.. i added the computer account in the security permissions of the folder.

man it says its taking 3 hours or more to finish!  i even applied your edit of the worker.xml file to disable <uses/SSL>  before starting the conversion :(
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
I would really like to get this working via Convert to Vcenter..  I will try using another version.  which version of Converter do  you recommend i try?
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Hancock, wait a minute!

will i be able to Synchronize after converting this Vmware Workstation conversion of my source physical host to Vcenter?

I chose not to sychronize for this first initial conversion to Workstation and Windows share.  So how will this work once i am ready to convert it to esxi?????
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
If you want to use Sync Mode - this will not work.

Does not state that in the question.

So you want to do this, as per my EE Article

HOW TO:  Synchronize changes when completing a P2V or V2V with VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 5.1

Try a different version of Converter.
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Ok id like to get back to my question Vmware Converter 6.2 Error A File I/O error occured while accessing ".

its nice to know how to do work arounds, but this one wont work for me cause i need to be able to use synchronize
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Use IP Addresses, check the logs for any errors

Try a different version of Converter.

Convert to ESXi not vCenter Server

otherwise this looks like a bug in Converter.

some discussion here about DNS etc

https://communities.vmware.com/thread/512921
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Thanks yeah i already tried using just IP addresses

I checked the logs

i will try convert to esxi, but that will mean i will have to remove a host from vcenter

I will try a different version ov Converter (AGAIN, what version do you recommend i try????)

I already read all that on DNS on google search and that is not my problem trust me.  

its something else.  I will take a look further
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
6.1/6.0 or you will need to escalate to VMware Support.

or use Carbonite MOVE, much better product but not FREE!
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
excellent support and expertise from Andrew!  thanks man

I ended up doing conversion to Vmware Workstation to a shared network share.  And then converting that to vcenter.  Worked great.  The only concern i have now, is synchronization which i dont have.  But i am hoping it wont be necessary.
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Ok i was wrong, it is necessary to have the files and folders synced because these servers are also files servers.

So going back to my origninal issue.  I just have one question.  

if i take a esxi host out of vcenter, and then run vmware converter standalone and p2v directly to the esxi host (assuming it works that way), will i be able to perform synchronization after the VM cloning is complete?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
Same error :(!!!!!

damn!  i tried!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
Carbonite MOVE then!
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JB BlancoSr Systems EngineerAuthor Commented:
I wish!
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The problem with VMware Converter, it's always been free, not very well developed, supported, maintained and buggy!
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