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    Quote Originally Posted by Theblacksheep View Post
    Just for sanity check.....
    Sanity is good...

    Source firewall off?
    YES

    Source AV disabled?
    YES

    Shadow copy, workstation, server tcpipnetbios services working?
    YES

    400mb free disk space on source system drive?
    YES

    Unnessesary source services shutdown?
    This is where I get stuck... Which services are necessary and which are not?

    Unnessesary source hardware removed?
    YES

    Source disks no bigger than 256gb each? (VMFS block size limit)
    YES.. or at least the ones I'm copying across are.

    DNS ok between source and destination?
    Not 100% about this as the DNS is on the Server being copied. Also not sure why this is relevant to my disk reading problem.

    139,443,445,902 on open on acls/destination?
    Again, not sure why this is relevant.


    Appreciate the help but I have no idea on some of the stuff why it would affect the conversion.

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    Just a small note for those of you who find yourself in the same situation...

    Uploading a file like an FLP (floppy image file) to the datastore on your ESXi system is trotted out as a step without anyone actually providing any information on how you do this in ESXi 4 using vSphere...

    After literally an hour and a half of trying to find this information I finally located something that didn't hark back to ESXi3.5 and something called a vi client...


    In ESXi 4 using vsphere Client you do the following:
    • click on configurations
    • click on storage.
    • Right click on your data store that is listed and select browse.
    • From here, you can upload your files

    Ref: uploading .iso file to ESXi : VMWare ESXi 4.0 Vsphere (last post)


    It's basic crap like this that drives me completely out of my mind when it comes to VMWare and the like... They don't just alter the GUI slightly, they go out of their way to make it f***ing impossible to locate and use.

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    Quote Originally Posted by contink View Post
    Source disks no bigger than 256gb each? (VMFS block size limit)
    YES.. or at least the ones I'm copying across are.

    DNS ok between source and destination?
    Not 100% about this as the DNS is on the Server being copied. Also not sure why this is relevant to my disk reading problem.

    139,443,445,902 on open on acls/destination?
    Again, not sure why this is relevant.

    Appreciate the help but I have no idea on some of the stuff why it would affect the conversion.
    It relies on DNS to convert, so you'll need another DNS server running for the whole conversion. Dont know about your disk problem directly, but I was just giving some things to check to eliminating possibilities.

    The source and destination communicates over those ports.

    What errors are you getting?

    Had a look through the KB?

    VMware KB - Search Results

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    Quote Originally Posted by Theblacksheep View Post
    It relies on DNS to convert, so you'll need another DNS server running for the whole conversion. Dont know about your disk problem directly, but I was just giving some things to check to eliminating possibilities.

    The source and destination communicates over those ports.
    Ok... that makes a bit more sense and I appreciate the explanation... I wasn't aware that was the case.

    As far as the DNS goes it's hot converting so DNS should have been working throughout..

    What errors are you getting?
    The conversion process doesn't kick out any errors exactly but when you try to boot up it comes up with a "disk read error".

    I can successfully boot using a Win2k3 CD and run a repair, do the usual FIXMBR FIXBOOT but when I reboot it just hits the same issue...

    Had a look through the KB?

    VMware KB - Search Results
    Yeah... it pulls out things like AHCI, etc... but to be honest I've pretty much given up and started a manual transfer process.

    Where I may be going wrong is that I'm not transferring every disk or partition because some are simply backup disks, etc... There's also a Highpoint RAID volume on the server although that's not being copied at all...

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    Quote Originally Posted by contink View Post
    The conversion process doesn't kick out any errors exactly but when you try to boot up it comes up with a "disk read error".

    I can successfully boot using a Win2k3 CD and run a repair, do the usual FIXMBR FIXBOOT but when I reboot it just hits the same issue...
    Does the physical server have multiple disk controllers, or hidden recovery/utility partitions?

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    Quote Originally Posted by DMcCoy View Post
    Does the physical server have multiple disk controllers, or hidden recovery/utility partitions?
    No recovery/utility partitions but it does have a RAID controller along with a standard nVidia nForce4 SATA and PATA controllers.

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    Just to note that I gave up in the end and just went with the option of transfering roles across.

    Unfortunately I made the mistake of transferring them to a 2k8 R2 server without really thinking it through so I'm now experiencing other issues...

    A couple of things to note in case anyone else finds this.

    1. You need to update your ESXi to 4.xU1 to get better support for Server 2008 R2

    2. The update is easy to handle through the "vSphere Host Update Utility 4.0"
    2a. It will look like the process has hung but it does get there eventually... (have to love the 45% done stuck for the whole thing... stupid!)

    3. Remember to upgrade the VMware tools




    Also worth noting that you should never do this stuff at O'dark thirty or you might input a duplicate IP address into a server's IP settings instead of under the DNS tab... Only taken me 5 hours to debug that one.


    What a completely dip!

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