I am doing a conversion for a client of 4 Windows Servers 2003 into a VMware cluster. The first three the servers had no problems converting but the last one fails every time at 97% of the process. We found similar problems in the communities and tried their suggestions but they did not work for us. We tried to configure the machine using Converter Stand-alone but it said that reconfiguration was not supported on that virtual machine. We tried to use the Windows Repair Console but it said that it could not find any disk in the machine. We used anothe virtual machine to access the drives and see if the boot.ini was present which it is. Just to make sure, we made multiple entries, one for each drive, so that we had alternate methods of booting but they did not work. One option said that \windows\system32\ntoskernel.exe was either missing or corrupted. Other options made reference to disk hardware problems.
One thing I should mention is that at one time in the past, this particular server had problems with Windows had to be re-installed.
The server is Dell PowerEdge 2600 with Windows Server 2003 Standard (32-bit) SP2 and MS SQL 2005, 4GB RAM. It has RAID5 configured as 2 drives. One drive partitioned in Windows as 12GB and 55GB. The other drive partitioned in Windows as a single 68GB. Windows is installed in the 68GB partition.
I'm including the logs from vCenter.
did you check if the boot partition has the "active" flag set ?
when you try to boot the VM what is the exact message ?
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