Hobarmn5
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FAILED: Unable to find the system volume, reconfiguration is not possible.

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While converting a Server 2003 server to an ESX 3.5 server I received this message after 95% Complete. Error Reconfiguration failed. With a status of: FAILED: Unable to find the system volume, reconfiguration is not possible.

I'm using VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.0.1

Anyone run into to this problem and find a solution?

Attached is the Log file.

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Lost_Steak
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I had the same problem. The machine that I converted had a system partition that I didn't migrate.

I edited the boot.ini file and changed the partition number that the OS was on.

The origional was something like

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(2)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows 2003 SP2 Standard Server" /fastdetect

And modified it to

[boot loader]
timeout=30
default=multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS
[operating systems]
multi(0)disk(0)rdisk(0)partition(1)\WINDOWS="Microsoft Windows 2003 SP2 Standard Server" /fastdetect

This fixed the problem

Thanks,

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Sui13201110141
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Hi all.

Same problem. Any ideas?

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turborave
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trying to convert a windows 7 machine physical to virtual, using the standalone converter, version 4

i get an error about a boot.ini

its supposed to be able to convert w7 right? w7 doesnt use boot.ini..

Unable to update boot.ini on the destination machines system volume

And also,

Unable to update drive letters for the destination volume layout

those are the two errors i get, fail at 98%

been at this for about 2 days solid.. Smiley Sad

any guidance would be appreciated...

edit: i also tried the migration assistant over the network, that failed too..

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continuum
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if you get as far as 98% the tricky part is done

you could do the rest yourself with a win7 recovery CD - read my notes http://sanbarrow.com/p2v2008r2.html

Patching - easy variant


This procedure is used when otherwise the VM would boot into a bluescreen              type 7B.
This assumes that VMware is the target and you configure the VM with              VirtualHardware type 7.
It only applies if the virtual disk is configured like this
scsi0.virtualDev = "lsisas1068"
scsi0:0.fileName = "imported.vmdk"

On the target platform boot the newly created VM into the Windows              7 Recovery CD.
After boot is finished click on the CMD-button and run regedit.
Select HKLM and then Menu > File > Load Hive.
Browse to the Windows-directory on the virtualdisk > system32\config              and select the file SYSTEM.
When asked for a name enter p2v.
Then find the key

HKLM\p2v\ControlSet001\services\LSI_SAS

and set the start type to REG_DWORD 0
Then select HKLM\p2v and click Menu > File > Unload Hive.
You can close regedit now and restart.
On next boot you can start into the 2008 R2/ Windows 7 system. It should find              drivers and probably needs a reboot when done.

Do you need support with a recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"
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mweaver
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Thank you. Your response helped me resolve a similar conversion problem

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pgtsai
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Hi There,

I am trying to Convert WinXP vmx to another VM Image, when i am doing that i am getting error at 98%.

"FAILED: Unable to find the system volume, reconfiguration is not possible."

This is system is very Important for my production so please help me. i have attached log and error

Thank you in advance.

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continuum
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please post the boot.ini and the vmx-file

Do you need support with a recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"
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pgtsai
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Here are the three files:

Thank you for your help

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continuum
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Hmm - looks like thte original is a XP/Vista Dualboot system ?

anyway - replace your vmx-file with the one I attached.
Then open Converter and try the option "configure machine" against the newly created VM

(you misconfigured the task and allowed Converter to keep the IDE-controller which will not work.
With XP you must order Buslogic controller.

Do you need support with a recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"
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Softstahl
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Hi sorry i have the similar problem when i convert my virtual machine windows 7 someone else had the same problem???

how can i resolve this???
----------------------------------------------------------------------------------
well my problem is solved
only i disconnect all device
and the pc had a unity call OS
in this unity the space is free but only select the minimum space in this disk and
problem solved
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pbordehore
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Hi same problem while trying to convert a Windows 2003 Server

Can anyone help me?

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continuum
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If you want our help it would be clever to attach files in a common format - txt as. txt, images as .pg or .png and so on

Useful data:
the vmx-file
the boot.ini
a screenshot of diskmanagement

Do you need support with a recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"
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pbordehore
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ok, sorry about it, here it is

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I have tried to open th VM settings in VMWAre Sphre Client and i get the following message

"An IDE controller is found but the Virutual Machine does not support the option" and "A Flat backing option was not found"

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continuum
Immortal
Immortal

Unregister the VM and then exchange the existing vmx-file with the attached one and re-register it.

Do not start the VM !
open Converter , select "configure machine" and then select the VM you just registered

Do you need support with a recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"
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pbordehore
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it doesn't work :S while i try to reconfigure the vm i get the message "Reconfiguration is not supported for the selected sorce"

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continuum
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set

virtualHW.version = "4" to 7 or 8 or try Converter 3.0.3

Do you need support with a recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"
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pbordehore
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I tried setting up that configuration  but it still doesnt work

i've downloaded / installed th Vmwre converter 3.0.3 and config the vm succesfully but still doesnt work, when i turn on my vm i get a messages "opearting system not found"

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continuum
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Immortal

Can you boot the VM into a LiveCD and report what the disk looks like ?

Do you have an active partition that has

ntldr
ntdetect.com
boot.ini
Windows-directory

Do you need support with a recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"
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pbordehore
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i used a linux live cd, i have only 1 partition with all of those files and the boot ini seems to be correct

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continuum
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is that partition active ? - check with fdisk or gparted

if yes - its time for plan B: use a BartPE with the tool DriverInjectionGUI - I have explained how to use that a couple of times - serach for "DriverInjectionGUI" in the search box of this Converter forum - it has several posts

Do you need support with a recovery problem ? - send a message via skype "sanbarrow"
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