Changes between Initial Version and Version 1 of VMwareP2VColdClone

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  • VMwareP2VColdClone

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     2== Physical to Virtual (P2V) Migrations - Windows Server 2003 == 
     4P2V migrations were performed using the VMware Converter 3.0.3 Enterprise Edition cold-clone CD. 
     7$ unzip -l 
     9   Length     Date   Time    Name 
     10  --------    ----   ----    ---- 
     11 242497536  04-29-08 11:14   coldclone.iso 
     12    229376  04-29-08 11:06   peTool.exe 
     13     73599  04-29-08 10:41   EULA.rtf 
     14     50446  04-29-08 10:41   open_source_licenses.txt 
     15  --------                   ------- 
     16242850957                   4 files 
     20=== Dell !OptiPlex 755 === 
     22The Windows Server 2003 operating system was installed on an !OptiPlex 755 PC in April, 2009. Back then, with default BIOS settings, tried to boot up from the Windows Server 2003 R2 installation CD -- got BSOD. (In BIOS: Drives : SATA Operation the default setting is "RAID Autodetect / AHCI". Other options are "RAID Autodetect / ATA", "RAID On", and "Legacy". If the "Legacy" mode got selected, CD boot / installation proceeded without problems.) To have an option to add second hard drive, and convert single disk into a RAID1 mirror, had to install Intel Matrix Storage Manager RAID driver at an early stage of the install. From downloaded the Intel® Matrix Storage Manager Floppy Configuration Utility ( Ver: (03/13/2009)), un-ZIP-ed contents onto a floppy disk, and provided it to the installer (F6) on a USB-connected floppy disk drive. From the list of drivers selected the "ICH9R/DO/DH SATA AHCI Controller". 
     24Now, on first P2V conversion attempt, booted from the cold-clone CD, got BSOD as converter couldn't identify the array. Found old floppy, connected USB floppy drive. Booted from CD, selected F6 during boot, and specified the additional drivers on floppy disk. There was a message saying that driver provided is older than one in Windows, but selected to use driver from the floppy anyway. P2V conversion proceeded without a hitch after that. 
     26=== Dell !PowerEdge 1900 === 
     28First attempt to cold-clone failed - "can't determine the operating system". 
     30Downloaded **DELL PERC 5/i Integrated RAID Controller** driver from Un-packed archive into the current directory, then ran the {{{peTool}}} and created a customized boot CD. 
     33> peTool.exe -i coldclone.iso -d "C:\dell\drivers\R211422" 
     34Log: checking options ... 
     35Log: checking file existence ... 
     36load ISO image ... 
     37load ISO image succeeded 
     38load boot image ... 
     39load boot image succeeded 
     40extract boot image ... 
     41extract boot image succeeded 
     42Log: adding storage driver R211422 
     43Log: adding driver name R211422 
     44Log: adding driver name succeeded 
     45Log: adding storage driver R211422 succeeded 
     46load ISO image ... 
     47load ISO image succeeded 
     48Log: pack image file back ... 
     49pack the ISO image ... 
     50   load source directory & boot image file ... 
     51   load source directory & boot image file done 
     52   write system reserved sector ... 
     53   write system reserved sector done 
     54   write primary volume descriptor ... 
     55   write primary volume descriptor done 
     56   write boot record ... 
     57   write boot record done 
     58   write volume descriptor set terminator ... 
     59   write volume descriptor set terminator done 
     60   write boot image ... 
     61   write boot image done 
     62   write path tables ... 
     63   write path tables done 
     64   write directory record and files ... 
     66   write directory record and files done 
     67pack ISO image succeeded 
     68Log: pack image file back succeeded 
     69Log: clean up ... 
     70Log: clean up succeeded 
     73> move coldclone.iso coldclone-R211422.iso 
     77=== Dell !PowerEdge 830 === 
     79Downloaded **DELL CERC SATA 1.5/6ch RAID Controller** driver from and created a new CD image. 
     82> peTool.exe -i coldclone-R211422.iso -d ".\R168588" 
     83> move coldclone-R211422.iso coldclone-R168588_A8-R211422.iso 
     86=== Dell !PowerEdge 840 === 
     88Downloaded **Dell SAS 5/iR Adapter** RAID controller driver from and created yet another CD image. 
     91> peTool.exe -i coldclone-R168588_A8-R211422.iso -d ".\R194052" 
     92> move coldclone-R168588_A8-R211422.iso coldclone-R168588_A8-R194052-R211422.iso 
     95=== During / After Conversion === 
     97There is an option to install VMwareTools during conversion. DON'T! 
     99After cloning, there were plenty of configuration changes [from the virtual machine's operating system standpoint]. Got rid of obsolete devices/drivers by doing the following: from Command Prompt, ran "{{{set devmgr_show_nonpresent_devices=1}}}", then (in the same window) "{{{devmgmt.msc}}}". Uninstalled all light-gray [missing] devices. 
     101Installed VMwareTools, set graphical hardware acceleration to Full. 
     103Upon conversion, virtual machine gets a new vNIC - by default it gets IP settings from DHCP server. If need to assign static address - have to do it manually (either on the VM, or on DHCP server). 
     105If any of the software packages installed are licensed per computer MAC address - change MAC address in Windows (not on ESX, for the latter would allow to choose MAC address from a pre-determined range only, not at random). 
     107=== See Also === 
     109 \\ VMware vCenter Converter 3.0.3 Enterprise Edition 
     111 \\ Downloading the VMware Converter Boot CD