VMware – VSphere 5.1 / VConverter 5.0 – P2V windows 2000 Server


I found Vconverter 5.1 is no longer supporting a P2V conversion of Windows 2000 Server ! So I figure out a way to convert it, some of you might have other idea, but this is how I did it.

I convert it 2 times and I use 2 VM.
I convert from Vmware Converter 4.0.1 to Vmware Workstation Image
VMware workstation image to Vmware Converter 5.0 / VSphere 5.1

In more details

Before Converting :

The latest version I found it’s VMware Converter version 4.0.1 support Windows 2000 Server.
To Download : Log with your vmware account.

Install the Sysprep Tools for Windows 2000 into Vmware Converter :
Download : http://technet.microsoft.com/en-us/library/bb742540.aspx ( The download link it’s before the system requirements)

Extract the Sysprep into the following folder (VConverter VM).
2003 : Path : C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone\sysprep\2k
2008 : C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone\sysprep\2k

On the Windows 2000 Server you need to have SP4 installed and Update Rollup 1
Sp4 : http://www.microsoft.com/en-ca/download/details.aspx?id=4127
Update Roll Up 1 : http://www.microsoft.com/en-us/download/details.aspx?id=18997

When you are converting from Physical to Virtual, Keep notes of all your Network Configuration.
Stop and Disable all “major” services / apps temporary (Antivirus, SQL Server, Exchange, ….)

You might need to install the Vmware agent manually on the Windows 2000.
Copy the converter from C:\Program Files\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone\vmware-converter-agent.exe
Install it on the Windows 2000.

When all is install.

Start Vmware Converter :
Convert from your Windows 2000 to a Vmware Workstation image (UNC path).
The Step 3 is the more important :
Keep the number of CPU AS IS
Ensure the Disk Controller is BusLogic SCSI
Do not install Vmware tools
Don’t power off the source

If the conversion failed at 97% with Error Code : FAILED: A general system error occurred: InternalError (Don’t panic now)
Just click on Configure Virtual Machine with VMware converter. This should complete successfully.

The last step is the “easy” one.

Now Open Up Converter 5.0 Converter , convert from your Vmware Workstation image and push it to VSphere 5.1.

After this done.
Configure Vmware Tools
Configure your Networking
Re-enable all “major” services
Cleanup unnecessary software and devices

Backup your VM!

7 thoughts on “VMware – VSphere 5.1 / VConverter 5.0 – P2V windows 2000 Server

  1. Hello,
    I have a confusion in this work around –
    >in the Step – Extract the Sysprep into the following folder (VConverter VM) –
    there you have given two paths for Server 2003 & Server 2008.
    What are these servers ? As we have installed VmWare Converter on Server 2000, and now we have to install Sysprep on this server (Win 2K) only. So why server 2003 or server 2008.
    Thanks in advance 🙂

  2. I just performed a Win2k SP4 P2V using the VMware stand alone converter v4.01 directly to ESXi 5.1 . I just installed Converter v4.01 directly to the Win2k system and ran the converter. I pointed it to the existing VMware ESXi 5.1 Hypervisor and after about an hour it was complete (small system, only about 60 GB, 100 MB NIC)

    The process seemed to work OK. After the conversion I attempted to start the Win2k VM and received an error message regarding disk drive (IDE present but not allowed – not the exact wording of the error) so I simply added a new disk by editing the VM properties. After adding a disk and pointing it to the existing virtual disk, it created a proper SCSI Buslogic Parallel SCSI Controller 0. After deleting the non-functioning IDE controller/disk then the VM started properly. I then added the VMware tools and all seems well.

    My way ended up a whole lot simpler than what you have proposed. Did I miss something important?

    • It’s been a long time I did this migration…. I don’t remember exactly what was my issue when I try to send it to the VMware 5.1 Box directly, but I’m glad it’s been working well for you.

      Thanks for your input.

    • I know this is old but, this helped me HUGE, Tried to send directly to a 5.5 it failed but, found a old 5.1 and went directly, BANG it worked, Awesome and thanks for posting this ! My 2000 server accepted the IDE and is running fine so I left it alone.

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