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VMware: Where to download the Converter 4.0 boot CD (1010367)

August 20th, 2009 1 comment
  • Converter 4.0 boot cd is missing
  • Unable to perform a cold clone with Converter 4.0.
    There is no boot CD for Converter 4.0 and it does not support cold cloning.

To perform a cold clone you must:

Source: 1010367

VMware: Virtual machines created from OVF sources with SCSI LSI Logic disk controller might not start up after conversion to an ESX destination

February 20th, 2009 No comments

I have created some Virtual Appliances with VMware Converter 3.0 that will be imported to ESX. The Virtual Appliances are saved as OVA, it’s a zipped file that contains the vmdk and ovf.

This week VMware released vConverter Standalone 4.0. So I upgraded my version to 4.0. And I started to import my templates. I always import an XP template for testing. First I imported some windows 2k3 templates, then I started with the XP template. I was going through the steps until I got to step 3.Where the VM options can be edited, I noticed that the SCSI controller was changed from LSI Logic to Bus Logic.

This will cause XP to crash. Because of the LSI logic driver that was installed in the OS. To verify that there was no mistake, I opened the ovf file where the vmx options are stored.

   <rasd:Caption>SCSI Controller 0</rasd:Caption>
   <rasd:Description>SCSI Controller</rasd:Description>

Searching for the SCSI controller in the file, will show the type of SCSI controller that was used.Changing the SCSI Controller at this point was not an option, because the LSI Logic controller was not listed as an option in the dropdown list.

As workaround I had to start the VI client after the XP machine was imported. I edited the settings of the imported virtual machine to change the controller type from Bus Logic back to LSI Logic.

This will enable the virtual machine to boot again.

After some research I found that it was a know issue. Read about it after the jump.

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VMware released new version vCenter Converter 4.0

February 16th, 2009 No comments

Introduction to VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 4.0

VMware vCenter Converter Standalone provides an easy-to-use solution to automate the process of creating VMware virtual machines from physical machines (running Windows and Linux), other virtual machine formats, and third-party image formats. Through an intuitive wizard-driven interface and a centralized management console, Converter Standalone can quickly and reliably convert multiple local and remote physical machines without any disruptions or downtime.


  • Convert physical machines running Windows and Linux operating systems to VMware virtual machines quickly, reliably, and without any disruption or downtime.
  • Convert third-party formats such as Parallels Desktop, Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery, Norton Ghost, Acronis, StorageCraft, and Microsoft Virtual Server or Virtual PC to VMware virtual machines.
  • Enable centralized management of remote conversions of multiple physical servers or virtual machines simultaneously.
  • Populate new virtual machine environments from a large directory of virtual machine appliances.
  • Ensure conversion reliability through quiesced snapshots of the guest operating system on the source machine before data migration.
  • Enable non-disruptive conversions through hot cloning, with no source server downtime or reboot.

What’s New

The VMware vCenter Converter Standalone release adds several new features including:

  • Physical to virtual machine conversion support for Linux (RHEL, SUSE and Ubuntu) as source
  • Physical to virtual machine conversion support for Windows Server 2008 as source
  • Hot cloning improvements to clone any incremental changes to physical machine during the P2V conversion process
  • Support for converting new third-party image formats including Parallels Desktop virtual machines, newer versions of Symantec, Acronis, and StorageCraft
  • Workflow automation enhancements to include automatic source shutdown, automatic start-up of the destination virtual machine as well as shutting down one or more services at the source and starting up selected services at the destination
  • Target disk selection and the ability to specify how the volumes are laid out in the new destination virtual machine
  • Destination virtual machine configuration, including CPU, memory, and disk controller type

The following features are no longer supported:

  • NT4 hot cloning
  • ESX 2.5 destination

image Go check it out at VMware and read the complete release notes here 

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