boot cd for converter to usb drive?

itdaddyitdaddy Posts: 2,086Member
hell guys.

I tried to convert our 300 GB file server this last weekend and it failed it 95% got to love it.

but I originally wanted to convert it to usb and and then trasfer it to datastore..

my question is this: does the usb boot converter allow to usb? because on the installed version of the converter it did not give me an option to convert to usb drive??? help guys!
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  • vColevCole Posts: 1,574Member
    itdaddy wrote: »
    hell guys.

    I tried to convert our 300 GB file server this last weekend and it failed it 95% got to love it.

    but I originally wanted to convert it to usb and and then trasfer it to datastore..

    my question is this: does the usb boot converter allow to usb? because on the installed version of the converter it did not give me an option to convert to usb drive??? help guys!
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    What was the error? Also, why not just use the Standalone converter and point it to vCenter?
  • itdaddyitdaddy Posts: 2,086Member
    I did that the 1st time and it failed at 95 percent saying Reconfiguration Error. I just want to try it cold to usb it might work better and faster that way. does the boot option converter have save to usb drive?
  • vColevCole Posts: 1,574Member
    itdaddy wrote: »
    I did that the 1st time and it failed at 95 percent saying Reconfiguration Error. I just want to try it cold to usb it might work better and faster that way. does the boot option converter have save to usb drive?

    Have you tried a Cold Clone CD and point it to vCenter? Also, what OS?
  • itdaddyitdaddy Posts: 2,086Member
    windows 2003 server and it is just a file and printer server. I converted it at nite time not used at all and it failed at 95 percent something to do with reconfiguration remark so I am thinking of doing it cold to a usb drive
    I think that will work better
    but does the boot disk for vm converter give that option or does the installed version give usb option? I never saw it in the installed version?
  • azjagazjag Posts: 579Member
    The cold boot conversion from VMware does not give you the option to save to usb. It prompts you for network information then connects to your vCenter / standalone host. Given the fact the server booted to the disk as opposed to the OS the transfer should be faster, depending on your network of course.

    Here is a recent walk through for the cold clone process.
    Terence Luk: VMware Converter P2V / Cold Clone Process
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  • vColevCole Posts: 1,574Member
    Also the transfer rate of USB 2.0 would be awful + conversion would probably take quite some time if it did work.

    Try a Cold Clone, I've had good success with that with Dell and HP hardware.
  • itdaddyitdaddy Posts: 2,086Member
    thanks guys I going to do the cold clone like you mention. I have hear many people say it is great. Going to do it for my file/print server 300GB
    and the mail server wish me luck. when I come back will report how it worked out. thanks guys....
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