qureshia
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V2P insight

Hi,

I hoping someone out there has some information regarding V2P vmware conversion.  I found a pdf with step-by-step instructions (http://www.vmware.com/support/v2p/doc/V2P_TechNote.pdf) but they're from 2004 & don't support newer OS's.  Does anyone know of any updated docs on this?  My goal is to convert a virtual W2K8 R2 64-bit server to a physical IBM HS21 blade server, reason being is that I'm having trouble installing server 2008 on the blade itself (keeps bsod'ing) & would like to try to convert the vm over.

Thanks,

Abdul

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TomHowarth
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The issues you are having installing Win2K8 on the phyiscal blade is most likely due to missing drivers, are you using IBM's standard install routine?

a V2V of a guest to this physical machine will still suffer from the issues you are experiancing, and there would be serveral other issues relating to missing drivers etc.

Tom Howarth VCP / VCAP / vExpert
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qureshia
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I'm sure it is a driver problem, but I don't even get far enough to be prompted for a 3rd-party driver disk.  The install BSODs just before that.  The weird thing is, this specific blade used to have server 2003 on it before I converted it to a vm guest 2 years ago.  Now I'm trying to install 2008 on it, but I keep hitting that same wall.  So I was hoping the converter would get me to a point where I could get the OS installed & then worry about drivers later.

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athlon_crazy
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Use Dell AppAssure trial and make sure you prepare all necessary drivers (especially for SCSI controller).

http://www.no-x.org
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TomHowarth
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Have a read of the following www.vmware.com/support/v2p/ for a bit of advice. also Platespin off the ability to V2P out of the box.  used this to P2P a couple of servers in a project a short while ago.

Tom Howarth VCP / VCAP / vExpert
VMware Communities User Moderator
Blog: http://www.planetvm.net
Contributing author on VMware vSphere and Virtual Infrastructure Security: Securing ESX and the Virtual Environment
Contributing author on VCP VMware Certified Professional on VSphere 4 Study Guide: Exam VCP-410
qureshia
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Yeah, that's where I got the pdf link that I put in my original post.  I was going through it & got stuck on some files it was asking for that don't exist for server 2008. Since the pdf is from 2004 it doesn't have anything about server 2008 so I stopped there & started this post hoping for some ideas on how to proceed.   I'm gonna try dell's appassure.  I downloaded the trial version & am attending a live demo this afternoon.  Hopefully it'll get me going in the right direction.

When you did the P2P conversion, what OS did you convert over?

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