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Converting Windows 2000 to a VM using VMware Converter

Postby guest » Tue Feb 24, 2015 6:34 pm

Q: We are planning to convert Windows 2000 server to a VM on our VMware server. What are reuirement and procedure to convert Windows 2000 server to a VM?

A: Quoted:

•VMware Standalone Converter version 4.0.1 (See Additional Info at the end)
•Update Rollup 1 for Windows 2000 SP4 (KB891861)
•Windows 2000 Sysprep tools (Q257813)
•A Windows or Linux LiveCD. I recommend Knoppix (6.4+ - Linux) or Hiren (Windows).
If you need to modify registry keys, use Hiren.


1.Install VMware Standalone Converter version 4.0.1
2.Extract sysprep tools and place them in C:\Documents and Settings\All Users\Application Data\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone\sysprep\2k
That should be on the same machine that has VMware Converter, not the Windows 2000 server.
* On Windows 2008, the location is C:\Users\All Users\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone\sysprep\2k (Thanks Anonymous for the tip!)
or C:\ProgramData\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone\sysprep\2k (thanks Ben!)
3.Either apply the update rollup to the server or extract the update rollup and replace it with the file SCSIPORT.SYS in C:\WINNT\system32\drivers. Applying the update is recommended if the system is stable.
4.If you’re using a static IP on the Windows 2000 server, see this Knowledge Base article.
5.Run the Converter and deploy the agent. If you’re asked to restart, restart then start the VMware Converter service manually before running the Converter again, otherwise it’ll ask you to deploy the agent again.
6.In Step 3: View / Edit Options, Click on the Devices pane and change the disk controller to BusLogic SCSI.
7.Keep the number of processors as is, because if you change it, Windows 2000 won’t auto-detect new CPUs and you’ll need to update the Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL) on it manually. See KB234558 and KB249694 for more details.
8.In the Networks pane, deselect the option to connect at power on.
9.In the Advanced Options pane, do not select the options to power off the source and select the option to power on the target (VM). Do install VMware tools.
Do NOT select "configure guest preferences for the virtual machine"

With that, you should be set to convert that machine. After the conversion is complete, the VM will start, install VMware tools, then restart. After it comes up you should apply the proper network settings then shutdown and enable the NIC to connect at power on.
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