converting physical to virtual

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I have converted a physical machine to virtual machine using Vmware converter. and then I converted vmdk to vhdx to use i n hyper v. when i create virtual machine using the vhdx file in hyper-V but it wont boot up.

anythoughts?

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AJ
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Michael PainterIT administrator Small Business Owner

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It may be a PITA, but I would redo the disk to VHD process, but use the systernals MS utility Disk2VHD to create your .vhdx.
If using Hyper-V use disk2VHD if doing VMWare, then their converter works well.  Seems something went wrong with convert to .vhdx.
Also, depending on what version of machine your doing, the VHD format may be a better choice.
Lee W, MVPTechnology and Business Process Advisor
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NEVER Use VHD.  ALWAYS use VHDX.

What version of the Virtual Machine are you using?  P2V conversions to Gen2 don't work in my experience.  Convert to Gen1.

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I will try disk2vhd
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Andrew Hancock (VMware vExpert / EE Fellow)VMware and Virtualization Consultant
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Because VMware Converter CONVERTS to a VMware Machine....not Hyper-V!

The machine hardware is different believe it or not e.g. VMware Hardware versus Microsoft Hardware!

You could try the now abandoned Microsoft Machine Virtual Converter, but it's been retired now since 2016 otherwise resulting to Disk2VHD is a good alternative!

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I have used Disk2VHD and still the same
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You don't need converter software. Just create a backup of your server and restore it to the VM  (an empty disk) as you would if you had to restore a physical disk. You can mount empty VHD/VHDX via disk management in windows.

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thanks all, None of the solutions worked. I gave up
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If you don't respond and give no feedback, it's impossible to help you in a better way. Surely, we would have made it together.

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Thanks McKnife, I will start over again then. Let me get the machine again. I will create VHDX and start from there

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