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Archive for the ‘VMware Converter’ Category

Converting an existing XP machine to a VMware ESXi  Virtual Machine and having boot issues?

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/05/02

A while ago I wrote about Stop 0x0000007B after converting an existing XP machine to a Virtual Machine (ESXi, Hyper-V, or other).

After this, the machine still had boot issues (a grey or black screen after boot, unless booted via Grub from a rescue CD).

The solution in retrospect was simple, but I only figured out after the fact what the solution had done.

Of course this gave me a facepalm moment, as back in the days, this was exactly the warning I gave everyone when installing Windows XP on ESXi anyway: use a SCSI buslogic based virtual disk, not an IDE or SATA virtual disk.

The reason is that Windows XP does not like the IDE/SATA disk that VMware provides. Windows Vista and up are less of a problem.

This is indeed what my practical solution did:

  • VMware Converter 4.x creates a VM with an IDE/SATA disk (as it cannot talk to the more recent ESXi versions at all because of API changes)
  • VMware Converter 6.x creates a VM with a buslogic SCSI base disk (and it can create it directly on your ESXi rig, though it will use a directory in the root of your data store, even if you prefer it somewhere deeper in the directory tree)

References:

–jeroen

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Stop 0x0000007B after converting an existing XP machine to a Virtual Machine (ESXi, Hyper-V, or other)

Posted by jpluimers on 2022/03/22

In 2015, I posted P2V of an existing XP machine to Hyper-V to have an emergency fallback when retiring old XP physical machines and did a short edit on 20210727 promising about a future article on trying to fix the [Waybackstop 0x0000007B blue screen.

This stop can that can happen during boot when the converted Windows XP requires different disk drivers than the physical Windows XP. Windows Vista and up are smarter to figure out the required changes, but Windows XP wasn’t.

The above screenshot is actually from the same physical Windows XP machine after doing the conversion, I wanted to try and run the virtual machine on physical hardware close to the original before moving it to the actual VMware host (yup, the Windows XP machine had been used as a VMware host before, so it had both VMware Workstation 6.5 and VMware Converter 4.01 installed).

The reason I wanted to move my last Windows XP machine to a virtual machine was that it was the only computer that could still print to my old, but nice, Olympus P-400 color dye sublimation printer. I mentioned this in 2015 when Installing the PIXMA mini260 – Canon Europe drivers under Windows 8.1 x64 – trying to say goodbye to Windows XP

I need to find a way to get my [Wayback/Archive.is] Olympus Camedia P-400 Digital Color Photo Printer. That is a lot harder: the latest Windows [Wayback] P-400 Printer > Software Downloads are for Windows XP.

At the end, of the blog post are a few links on the stop 0x0000007B and the Universal Boot CD for Windows workaround.

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Posted in Fusion, Hyper-V, Power User, View, Virtualization, VMware, VMware Converter, VMware ESXi, VMware Workstation, Windows, Windows XP | Leave a Comment »

VMware Standalone Converter: more recent versions do not support older operating systems

Posted by jpluimers on 2021/05/14

It pays to keep several versions of VMware Standalone Converter at hand as newer supporters do support newer operating systems and ESXi versions, but do not support older operating systems.

Hopefully the free StarWind V2V converter that does also support P2V has a broader support for older versions.

Some relevant links:

–jeroen

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VMware Converter downloads

Posted by jpluimers on 2019/08/02

Since the VMware site is a maze, so below are some download and information links.

[WayBack] Upgraded to 6.1.1. build-3533064 – cannot restore from Acronis TrueImage TIB files… |VMware Communities -> you need 6.0 or earlier for that:

Support notice

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0 is the last release of the product to support third-party backup images and virtual machines as sources for conversion. This capability will be discontinued in the next release. If you use this capability, you should start planning your transition.

Interoperability

Third-party backup images and virtual machines – to be discontinued. See Support notice.

  • Acronis True Image Echo 9.1 and 9.5, and Acronis True Image Home 10 and 11 (.tib)
  • Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery (formerly LiveState Recovery) 6.5, 7.0, 8.0, and 8.5, and LiveState Recovery 3.0 and 6.0 (.sv2i format only)
  • Norton Ghost version 10.0, 12.0, and 14.0 (.sv2i format only)
  • Parallels Desktop 2.5, 3.0, and 4.0 (.pvs and .hdd). Compressed disks are not supported
  • Parallels Workstation 2.x (.pvs). Compressed disks are not supported. Parallels Virtuozzo Containers are not supported.
  • StorageCraft ShadowProtect Desktop, ShadowProtect Server, ShadowProtect Small Business Server (SBS), ShadowProtect IT Edition, versions 2.0, 2.5, 3.0, 3.1, and 3.2 (.spf)
  • The Microsoft VHD format for the following sources:
    • Microsoft Virtual PC 2004 and Microsoft Virtual PC 2007 (.vmc)
    • Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 and 2005 R2 (.vmc)

For conditions and limitations about converting Backup Exec System Recovery, ShadowProtect, and Consolidated Backup images, see the VMware vCenter Converter Standalone User’s Guide.

Edit 20210810:

–jeroen

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Moving Mac OS X VMware Fusion VMs to ESXi (via: Ask Different)

Posted by jpluimers on 2014/03/23

Interesting read: vmware – Moving Fusion VMs to ESXi – Ask Different.

I was kind of expecting something like this, as VMware has been notoriously bad at proving Mac OS X tools (whereas their VMware Workstation for Linux is on par with their Windows product, Linux also lacks a vSphere Client and a standalone VMware vCentre Converter).

Good to have my expectations confirmed. Not so good that this is a tedious process.

Note that you need twice the disk size on your Mac, as you recreate the vmdk files on your Mac in a format that ESXi understands.

Oh well…

Note there are even more tedious ways, but good to know they exist.

I really wish VMware Fusion could do what you can do with VMware Workstation to manage your ESXi hosts (including Free ESXi) & VMs.

–jeroen

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Posted in ESXi4, ESXi5, ESXi5.1, ESXi5.5, Fusion, Power User, Virtualization, VMware, VMware Converter, VMware ESXi | Leave a Comment »

 
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