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  • 1.  Boot From SAN Multipathing Physical Server Migration

    Posted Dec 10, 2015 12:02 PM

    Hi,

    In my current environment we have boot from SAN configuration and we have entire storage coming from remote SAN (Multipath configured). I have tired VMware vCenter Converter Standalone 6.0 to migrate physical SUSE 11 to Virtual Machine but got error "FAILED: An error occurred during the conversion:'Partition number must be set for the boot volume'" at 97%.

    While checking logs we found both the Physical Machine cloned successfully and got error while reconfiguring the destination virtual machine. Further digging into problem we have observed /boot volume is not visible at ‘Source Volume’ TAB in vConverter that means vConverter is not reading /boot volume information from the source Physical Machine. While checking at destination virtual machine we found error at console "Operating System not found".


    In VMware vCenter Converter Standalone User's Guide if found "Linux volumes mounted by Device Mapper multipath" is not support for Powered On Machine.


    Please help me to understand if vCenter Converter Standalone supports boot from SAN environment?



  • 2.  RE: Boot From SAN Multipathing Physical Server Migration

    Posted Dec 10, 2015 03:41 PM

    Take a look here: VMware KB: Converting a Linux operating system fails with the error: Unable to create virtual machine

    The restrictions on KB still apply for version 6, see: VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Release Notes

    Source volumes on top of volume managers other than LVM are not recognized during conversion of powered on Linux machines

    Converter Standalone recognizes only managed source volumes that run on the LVM volume manager. Other volume managers, including but not limited to Veritas Volume Manager (VxVM), are not recognized.



  • 3.  RE: Boot From SAN Multipathing Physical Server Migration

    Posted Dec 11, 2015 05:26 AM

    Thanks for your valuable response.

    I understood from KB multi-path devices and boot from SAN is not supported by vConverter. With current setup i can't use  vConverter as solution for P2V.

    Do you have any idea on PlateSpin Migrate, Dose PlateSpin Migrte will support the same infrastructure?