VMWare ESXi - convert physical win2k3 server : Tips?
After wasting literally 2 nights on this (and still being up at stupid o'clock) I wanted to ask if anyone has a cast iron, bullet proof guide to converting a physical Win2k3 (32bit) machine to a VMWare virtual one using the VMWare vCenter Converter Standalone utility.
I've had every conceivable problem from the System partition existing on a disk other than the first one, to the dreaded "A disk read error occurred" which I suspect was related to running the server in normal mode.
Anyway, if any of you more experienced types could suggest any tips or a guide on how to do this I'd appreciate it.
My latest guide is as follows:
- disable non-essential disks in BIOS to get primary system disk to postion disk0
- run chkdsk foo: /f on all partitions intended to convert across
- reboot into AD rescue mode
- run the conversion process
My preceding attempts go as far as the first step and a successful conversion until I tried booting up the VM and got that error above..
Any help gratefully received... :nerd: