I'm having trouble with my first P2V attempt in a long while. I have studied many posts and KB articles on similar problems but have yet to find the solution, though I suspect it is something simple as it appears to be a common problem with newbs like me.
I am trying P2Ving an XP-SP3 machine onto one of my ESXi 4.x servers.
I am using Converter Stand Alone 5.01 installed directly on the source machine, running on the local admin account.
I receive the following error messages in the Converter GUI interface at the 98% mark. (I have attached full converter logs)
FAILED: Unable to find the system volume, reconfiguration is not possible.
Warning: Unable to update boot.ini on the destination machine's system volume.
Error: An error occurred during reconfiguration.
The source machine is a Dell with a utility partition. In the conversion wizard, I deselect the Utility partition, leaving only the Windows install partition checked.
I modified the boot.ini on the source machine BEFORE conversion, to change the partition pointers...here is what it looks like.
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows XP Professional" /noexecute=optin /fastdetect
The boot.ini does exist on the target VM after the failed attempt and appears as above. The target VM won't boot, and behaves like it can't find a system formatted boot drive. Booting into Recovery Consloe with an XP disk and trying either FIXBOOT or FIXMBR does not help.
I can mount the drive in another VM and browse it's contents. I have also tried converting it once as an IDE drive and once as a Buslogic SCSI drive. Both produce the same results. The drive and files are there, but image won't boot.
I cannot reconfigure the machine with Converter. Attempting produces the same set of errors as above.
Please advise on what I need to do to make that image bootable. All help appreciated. Thanks much!