I recently successfully converted the RTM Project Server 2010 demo image from Microsoft for use in VMware Workstation. First thing I did was unpack the images as provided from Microsoft. Since VMware to my knowledge does not currently specifically convert Hyper-v images, I had to create .vmc files for the a and b images. All I did was locate a couple .vmc files I had from previous Virtual Server usage, and edit the vmc file directly so it referenced my “a” image. I then from within VMware workstation used the import feature to convert the image. Unfortunately the converted image did not work, but generated the BSOD pretty well. To be sure, I tried the import from VMware workstation a second time to be sure this wasn’t just a coincedence, and again I got the BSOD. So them I moved on to the standalone VMware Convertor. Fortunately this conversion was better, as the image upon conversion did boot successfully with the following exceptions:
- VMware tools did not, nor could they be installled
Upon researching, I found some information that suggested perhaps the guest operating system was not specified. This was indeed true in my case. I therefore specified Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 and again started the machine. this time I received the following message:
- buslogic SCSI adapter is not supported for 64-bit guests
- VMware solution: http://www.vmware.com/support/esx21/doc/esx21admin_lsilogic_vms.html
The two solutions I found regarding this didn’t work exactly as they were specified. In my case, I had to add the following line to the VMware configuration file:
- scsi0.virtualdev = “lsisas1068”
just after the line scsi0.present = “TRUE”
(see screenshot below)
After doing this the machine would boot successfully, AND I could install VMware tools. So we’re looking good except for the fact that my network connections were not working. I tried all sorts of network configurations with no luck. Then I decided to just remove all network connections, reboot, then re-add the network connections (to the guest that is). Wouldn’t you know, this did the trick.
So now I have my images fully functional under VMware workstation. don’t get me wrong, I do like Microsoft software. I just choose to use Windows 7 for my laptop OS, and therefore had to use VMware workstation as my laptops virtualization software. Otherwise I’d have to install Windows Server 2008 R2 x64 on my laptop, and the last time I did that I couldn’t get my wireless network and several other things to work, and that was even after hours of troubleshooting.