On a Windows 2000 SP4 server, I am running VMWare Converter 3.0.3 and select the "Physical machine" as the source. VMWare scans the disk and gives "Unable to determine Guest Operating System" and refuses to go further.
What is VMWare Converter looking at to determine the target OS? If I knew this I could look for permissions issues. Are there any workarounds for this condition?
Hi, as a workaround, you could try cold cloning... this means that a CD with a converter version must be written and server must be offline.
Check documentation https://www.vmware.com/pdf/VMware_Converter_manual303.pdf (CAP 5) to build CD and proceed with conversion.
I can see that with an old operating system you are using an old converter product, but have you tried using Converter 6.0 at all?
Ok, didn't know that the recent Converter does not support Windows 2000 anymore.
You're already on SP4 or I would have suggested to run the SP4 update.
If converter doesn't work then you might have to resort to a disk imaging solution like Norton Ghost or a system backup and restore to virtual.
Unfortunately I can't reproduce this. Anyway, here are some thoughts:
a.p., I have been looking for any version of VMWare Converter 4 to download, but VMWare took them all down from the downloads. That was short sighted of them. I would like to try it. Any ideas how I can?
Of course I logged in as an Administrative account, but I have never had a problem in the past with any resource not being available to other Administrative users. I still like your theory. Can you give an example of this case?
What would be most valuable to this situation would be some understanding of *how* VMWare Converter determines the OS and what resources it is examining for this purpose.