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  • 1.  VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Jun 08, 2015 07:38 PM

    Hello,

    I am experiencing a problem with VMWare Converter. When trying to start the job, I get an error saying "A File I/O Error Occurred while accessing ". ". I am running it locally on the source server as a local admin.

    Please advise.

    Tim



  • 2.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Jun 09, 2015 09:54 AM

    A File I/o Error Occurred While Accessing Vmware Converter and other critical errors can occur when your Windows operating system becomes corrupted. Opening programs will be slower and response times will lag. When you have multiple applications running, you may experience crashes and freezes. There can be numerous causes of this error including excessive startup entries, registry errors, hardware/RAM decline, fragmented files, unnecessary or redundant program installations and so on.You can repair your os by this tool. http://microsoftsupporthelp.org/a-file-io-error-occurred-while-accessing-vmware-converter/


    Here are some nice blogs for troubleshooting as well. . VMWare Convertor – A file I/O error occurred while accessing | The Telarah Technology Times



  • 3.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Broadcom Employee
    Posted Jun 09, 2015 03:41 PM

    Hm, just a wild guess, but can you try to connect to Converter Server using IP address instead of connecting to local server? I mean you would still connect to the local server, but through the network interface. If you have installed it locally on the source then you can connect to 127.0.0.1. If you have installed Converter in local mode (default) then you would need to run the installer again, select the Modify option and add the Remote connection feature.

    If this doesn't help you can try to install the Converter Server on another machine and point it to the physical source.



  • 4.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Jul 08, 2015 01:19 PM

    My sollution: start the VM what you want to clone, then copy it as a phsycal machine. I wasnt able to find better sollution.

    Joci



  • 5.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Aug 04, 2015 06:58 PM

    It's very likely you have a problem with the DNS for one or more of your hosts.  Check in C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone\logs  and look for the vmware-converter-worker-*.txt files.  You'll probably find strings such as "Error: Host address lookup for server <yourhostname> failed: No such host is known"  Fix these DNS issues (NB: you might have the DNS records setup correctly, but an incorrect search suffix on your converter server) and vConverter will magically start working.



  • 6.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Aug 13, 2015 04:06 PM

    Many thanks!! That was exactly the problem I was having. The host I was trying to convert wasn't resolving the FQDN for the VMware host that the converter had chosen as a destination. Once I fixed that (by changing the DNS primary entry in the nic configuration on the host I was trying to convert) all worked well!



  • 7.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Aug 25, 2022 07:45 PM

    Thanks a lot and yes it was dns issue.



  • 8.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Mar 06, 2017 03:30 PM

    Thanks, The DNS settings did fix my I/O problem!



  • 9.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Jul 07, 2017 01:58 AM

    Yes, this worked for me



  • 10.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Feb 02, 2016 02:27 AM

    Even I used IP to connect to vcenter. It still show this error.

    But I changed the DNS at NIC. Then it can RUN !!!

    But I still don't know why relate to DNS.



  • 11.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Feb 10, 2016 10:46 AM

    In my case I start converter with PROXY mode to solve such issue!



  • 12.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted May 26, 2016 01:58 AM

    Using the Proxy Mode worked for me as well. No messing around with DNS, etc.

    Thank you!



  • 13.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Jul 25, 2016 09:13 AM

    I was having this issue too, trying to clone a physical Windows Server located in our DMZ. Using Proxy mode worked perfectly, thank you all!



  • 14.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Sep 04, 2020 07:17 PM

    Great! You saved my life (and my weekend too)



  • 15.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Nov 17, 2021 02:22 AM

    Yup, proxy mode solved my issue after a lot of head bashing and VLAN changes..



  • 16.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Mar 13, 2024 04:38 AM

    worked for me



  • 17.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Apr 20, 2016 12:15 AM

    Yes this seems to be a bug in the Converter 6.1 as well. Only seen it so far with Windows XP conversion, since i don't do much converting. There is some strange DNS dependency in the chain somewhere. Go ahead and edit the *hosts* file on the machine you are converting "source". (if you aren't update-able DNS servers). You will want to add an entry for the ESXi host you are using as a destination. <ip-address> <FQDN>

    10.10.10.2 host.domain.com

    If you are using a Vcenter server to connect with, i would add that in as well.



  • 18.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Sep 14, 2016 12:11 PM

    On my windows where I installed vcenter converter I added the vmware hypervisor names to the c:\Windows\System32\drivers\etc\hosts file:

    192.168.1.5 Hypervisor.local

    You find the Domain Name of the hypervisor in the:

    - vSphere Client => hypervisor name or IP => configuration => DNS and Routing:

    Name: Hypervisor

    Domain: local

    - vSphere Web Client => in the title of the left window

    After adding the HOSTS entry converter worked perfectly.



  • 19.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Oct 28, 2016 02:26 PM

    disconnect the NIC and proceed to converting , you can add NIC later on,it will not affect your migrated system.



  • 20.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Dec 24, 2016 06:33 PM

    I got the same error message. We use static IP's on our server equipment and the VMware Converter correctly identified the FQDN for my source.

    Where I used it the vCenter destination for the VMware Converter was located in a different DMZ than the source I was running the VMware Converter from. I had previously allowed TCP/443 on my firewall for traffic to the vCenter from the source, but also had to allow TCP/902 from the source I was running VMware Converter on to access the cluster (management) IP's of my VMware hardware.

    It looks like the VMware Converter establishes the connection to the vCenter (as the destination "manager" for the clone to be created), but then allows the VMware Converter source to directly "talk to" the cluster (on one of it's IP's) to stream the virtual to the storage for creation.



  • 21.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Apr 19, 2017 11:27 AM

    Updating the host file fixed it for me. The two domains didn't have DNS resolution though so that is why.



  • 22.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Apr 19, 2017 01:37 PM

    Hi Gibson, I got the issue before, to fix this you have to make sure the following > Firewall have to be disabled for both Converter Host Server, Destination Server and Source Server > vCenter Port (443) and ESXi Port (902) should be allowed in the Firewall > Update your Host File putting all the Host Name and Its IP of the Destination and vCenter Converter Server to Source Server > Update your Host File putting all the Host Name and Its IP of the Source to vCenter Server > Make sure Anivirus for both Source and vCenter Converter server/host is disabled. In some cases, Any antivirus will unexpectedly close/block the connection. *** Source (Can be Physical or Virtual) *** Destination (Your ESXi Host/DataStore) Let us know if it works. Good Luck Man! Keep Virtualizing! Regards, JOf



  • 23.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Oct 31, 2023 07:53 PM

    Thanks Bro, worked for me!



  • 24.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Jan 23, 2018 09:25 PM

    For me this was firewall port blocking, opened up a rule to allow it and it worked.

    I also corrected the DNS before that, but didn't fix it entirely.



  • 25.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Feb 07, 2019 11:35 AM

    Setting the task to run in proxy mode seems to have sorted out the issue for me too.



  • 26.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Oct 21, 2019 12:19 AM

    Hey Everyone,

    My problems were compounded by:

    1) My PC had multiboot option, where it would boot into a Media Player mode (which refused to copy out.)

    2) My UAC settings had to be stepped down to "Do not Notify"

    3) My Remote Access had to be "less secure"

    4) My firewalls had to be disabled.

    5) And the one which is most relevant to the thread, is "If your vCenter server has to be accessed via VPN, then the VPN has to be UP on your Source Machine."

    Or it fails with the error above....

    Enjoy, and I hope my reply was helpful!



  • 27.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Dec 12, 2022 04:35 AM

    I had the same issue, and i fixed it.

    Solution: Checked logs to see what it is, my error related to connection to Host, then i moved to another Host and able to migrate to another Vcenter.



  • 28.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted Jun 29, 2023 06:19 PM

    I would also check the route to the vcsa.



  • 29.  RE: VMWare Converter: (A file I/O error occurred while accesssing ". )

    Posted May 17, 2024 12:32 PM
    Edited by jamal encami May 17, 2024 03:46 PM

    deleting my question.