sand-lakes1
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'Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0' and vmdk files not visible

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We are using this Symantec product in order to create images for disaster recovery: 'Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0'

The tool : 'convert to virtual disk wizard' works fine and creates vmdk files. But after copying them to a certain vmfs volume on a san, these vmdk's don't popup when trying to create a vm using existing disks......

Copied them to an esx server 3.0.2.

That's what I would like to see, visible disks.

Anyone has a certain Idea why these disks are not visible, or did I forget one additional step to resolve the issue ?

Thanks for the time

regards,

John

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Hi,

Don't create a vmdk file you can read with VMware Converter the Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0 file and import it to your Virtual Center or ESX.

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You need 2 files test.vmdk and the test-flat.vmdk

Your test.vmdk should look like this make sure that vmdk points to the flat file.

  1. Disk DescriptorFile

version=1

CID=0612923f

parentCID=ffffffff

createType="vmfs"

RW 41943040 VMFS "test-flat.vmdk"

#DDB

……….

…..

..

You can browse te datastore to see if the disk is available

sand-lakes1
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Ok,

This is a helpfull answer. I created the *.vmdk file with the conversion wizard, but there are no flat.vmdk files. How can i create these ?

Only the *.vmdk files are visible.......

Thanks for the support ....

John

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MC-303
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How big is this file?

Maybe you can use the vmware converter to try to read Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0 image or the vmdk.

sand-lakes1
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Thanks for the reply

c drive.vmdk size 12 Gb

Can I read the vmdk file with vmware converter ?

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MC-303
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Hi,

Don't create a vmdk file you can read with VMware Converter the Backup Exec System Recovery 7.0 file and import it to your Virtual Center or ESX.

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sand-lakes1
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Ok, this is what I am doing right now to solve the issue:

  • downloaded vmware converter

  • downloaded sysprep

  • Installed vmware converter and installed sysprep tool

  • convert the backup exec system recovery*.sv2i with the vmware converter tool (source) with the use of sysprep

  • choose the esx server and datastore (destination)

  • conversion is running right now

Will update this post as soon as conversion task has been finished

John

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sand-lakes1
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Conversion went ok.

I am running the same machine and conditions as a non domain machine within a switch without a physical nic connection.

So a fine test oportunity.

thanks for the help

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