I am trying to import a phyiscal machine but I get an error saying can't find server. what does vm converter use to import machine the service console or vmotion adpater?
converte use SC, but ... sorry ... you can not import a vm for a conversion.
Set your mouse on esx server, right click and then select converter, no import.
You can use import fiìunction to import an appliance vm.
Yes, it uses the Service Console, it "sounds" like you're trying to do a P2V (Convert a physical server to a Virtual Server)? This will be a conversion and not an import, as ascari pointed out, but you CAN import VM's just not with the functionality of conversion. You can import VMs that reside on isolated ESX Servers, Workstation, from local disk on a laptop/desktop, especially VMs that aren't native to ESX, they'll go through quick update of the .vmdk's to prep it for ESX, so in part it's kind of a conversion but thats really a V2V (Virtual to Virtual) or I2V (Image to Virtua). In your case, you're looking at a conversion from physical to virtual.
No, it's very possible. Converter does have that capability and with P2V, you can actually do it live. You'll just choose physical in your option. I know it works best with Windows... doesn't have the best of luck with Linux systems and if you're doing a lot , I would look at Platespin PowerConvert, they have a higher success rate with both Windows/Linux P2V & V2Vs
No, the question is WHERE are you importing TO, you specify source and destination. Source is your physical server, and destination will be either a ESX Server or Virtual Center, so which destination are you choosing? Depending on which you provide, the credentials will be different.
The destination will be ESX Server and I did provide the login credentails if the credentials would be wrong it would have failed on the host part woulded it? It is failing on the datastore part.
Are you using the Converter via Virtual Centre or the P2V boot cd?
First thing to check is whether or not you can reach the destination on the required ports, so find out which ports
the converter uses, see this thread ( http://communities.vmware.com/thread/61478 ) .
Then try and telnet to those ports to your ESX from the source, this will tell you if you have a firewall/networking issue.
You dont necessarily need to be on the same VLAN, but you must be allowed to communicate to the Destination VLAN in question from the Source VLAN.