Failed to start the virtual machine.

Hi All

I have created a virtual image of my 2012 server using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Client. I had copied the files to data store in vmware esxi 5.5 using version 5.5.0 of vsphere client. Upon booting this image in esxi i get the following error

Failed to start the virtual machine.
Module DevicePowerOn power on failed.
Unable to create virtual SCSI device for scsi0:0, '/vmfs/volumes/54af310f-42c676bf-babb-2c768a55d10c/Venus.ISS.local/Venus.ISS.local-s001.vmdk'
Failed to open disk scsi0:0: Unsupported or invalid disk type 7. Ensure that the disk has been imported.

What can i do to solve this issue?
Member_2_6474242Senior Systems AdministratorAsked:
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A Q ChoudaryJunior Linux EngineerCommented:
First of all you need to check to varify and check the file of /etc/vmware/configration file
Then compatability and version of config file and Esxi.also check the path of vm,
if everything is correct then please follow below link for further refrence:


    Verifying ESX/ESXi virtual machine file integrity (1003743)
    Validating the .vmx settings of a virtual machine (1003748)


best of luck
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ScriptAddictCommented:
so it sounds like you have a scsi issue.  

Did this machine use to have direct access to a network card that accessed an iSCSI target?  

Perhaps the new machine doesn't have that configured properly in ESXi?
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
The Virtual Machine is in the wrong format!

Please retry your VMware Converter conversion, and Convert direct to ESXi, do not copy files intended for VMware Workstation!
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Member_2_6474242Senior Systems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Hi Andrew

While using vmware converter to convert a physical to virtual i used local on the first screen. Is that correct? It seems like i need to connect to ESXI directly from vm converter do get this done. I only have experience in vmware workstation. Is there a guide how this should be done correctly
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
That is correct, but I think you may have specified VMware Workstation as the Destination, and a folder share, and then after that just copied the files to ESXi....

You need to specify Virtual Infrastructure as the destination, and Convert from Physical Server direct to ESXi.

Yes, I have plenty of reading material....which I've written

HOW TO:  P2V, V2V for FREE - VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.1

HOW TO: Shrink or Reduce a VMware Virtual Machine Disk (VMDK) using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone v5.5.2
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Member_2_6474242Senior Systems AdministratorAuthor Commented:
Thanks Andrew, worked like a charm
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE MVE^2)VMware and Virtualization ConsultantCommented:
No problems, glad to help out. Have a good day.
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