Planning to use WS6 with Linux host, and most of my major applications are on Win XP ... and would be a big hassle to reload on a WinXP guest.
Converter should be able to make a VM image of WinXP that I could then run with the Linux host. That was my happy plan.
Windows is the only OS on partition 1 (72GB NTFS). Partition 2 has extended 😧 (43GB) plus E: (75GB). The idea was to convert only the 50GB of C onto a 65GB VM disk. I was going to put it on the empty E: extended partition. (I tried putting it on a completely different drive too.)
Have c:\SysPrepXPsp2 properly setup for XP sp 2. (I tried putting it on other disk, but didn't make a difference.)
Converter hangs at 11% done. Totally lockups XP after awhile. "Taking snapshot" finishes, and the next line after that where it starts to do the image it quits.
I tried coming in using Win2kPro on remote machine, but even though both PC's were logged in as "administrator," I got errored at login step because I didn't have admin rights. Go figure.
So I'm stuck at every turn here. I would think XP Pro would be a no-brainer to make a VM out of.
What's missing here that I need to fix? Ideas?
Yes, I did. The other drives I figured to pick up as shares later.
At that point, Converter said something about not having a boot disk. The color of the C: icon said it was the boot disk, so I selected "yes" and went forward.
It could be that VSS isn't properly working, which is needed to take the disk snapshot.
Verify this is working by typing net start vss or "net start swprv" on a cmd line. If VSS does not start up, then VSS is improperly configured on the source.
Both vss and swprv started up ok (they were off). Converter did get through the "snapshot" before locking up ... at the very same place as always: "cloning ..."
When it locks, the gui is still active ... for a little while and then it's stuck. It appears as if there's a memory leak in the application (or Windows) ... and after a few seconds of moving the mouse, then nothing is responsive. Even ctl-alt-del. If I don't move the mouse for a number of minutes, it still a few seconds before my 2GB RAM is used up.
I'm speculating that it might be having problems with placing an image onto the very disk that it is creating a snapshot image. That is why I'm suggesting you look for a share that is on a separate machine.
After starting the services as above, I retried out to the USB drive with the same lack of success.
This time, the ungraceful XP restart trashed some of my 😧 drive.
Thanks for your help, but I think I'll set this ill-fated move to a VM aside for awhile until the software is a bit more polished.
Sorry it didn't work out.
A correction to my earlier post...I checked with VMware Tech Support and they have reported that placing a new VM onto a new partition of the same disk being converted, as well as another device such as a USB key should work.
What was running on your system while you initiated the conversion? It could have been an application or service that caused VSS to hang.
No applications running; I made a point of closing down all the junk that shows up in the system tray too.
I did have task manager graphing CPU and memory ... and throughout the whole debacle everything looked normal until I tried to close down Converter with its red kill-task button. At that point memory allocation stayed about the same (to my surprise), and CPU activity dropped to nil ... flatline dead.
Upon reboot I see that 34 vmdk (436 MB), one vmx, and one vmdk.lck files were created.