VMware Converter P2V Fails with Fatal Error

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I receveived the following error when trying to verify destination parameters when converting a physical server to a virtual machine (P2V) using Vmware Converter: Vmware vCenter Converter Standalone Fatal Error Occurred.  The most common reason for this is loss of network connection. The wizard will now be closed. Please check your network connection and try […]

Fix: Incompatible device specified for device ‘0’ when cold migrating VMware guest

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I received the following error message when using the vSphere Client to cold migrate a VMware guest running on ESX 3.0.2 to a new datastore :  Incompatible device specified for device ‘0’   The migration failed at 99%.  VMware KB 9105247 suggested the problem was an attached .ISO image file.  No .ISOs were showing as […]

Script to gracefully power off a VM guest

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You can use vmware-cmd to shut down a VMware guest.  The syntax is [sourcecode language=”perl”] vmware-cmd /vmfs/volumes/datastore1/guest1/guest1.vmx stop [/sourcecode] Powering off a VM guest is often part of a larger script, so I need to know when the guest is really down before executing the remainder of my script.  The following code checks the guest’s state using […]