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Re: [Xen-users] Converting a VMDK on ESX to raw

On Tue, Feb 04, 2014 at 05:28:06AM +0000, Manoj Subramaniam (manojsub) wrote:
> I tried this and it didn¹t work either.
> Here¹s what I did. I had a windows VM on ESX (I did install GPL PV
> drivers) and a Linux VM. I turned off the windows VM and attached it¹s
> disk to the linux VM. So I could see it as /dev/sdd . Then I did a ³ dd
> if=/dev/sdd of=windows.img bs=1m ³ After this I moved the windows.img to
> another machine running Xen 4.2.3 and Ubuntu Dom0, I tried to bring it up
> as an HVM. It tries to boot up and then says ³Boot from hard disk failed:
> could not read the boot disk² and  ³No bootable device. Powering off in 30
> seconds.²

This looks right. Remember inside the VM you always sees a raw disk,
nothing fancy going on, otherwise the OS itself won't be able to read
its content.

But TBH I've never used ESX. What happens when you do "file

I have a raw disk image called "rhel7.img" and it returns "rhel7.img:
x86 boot sector".


> On 1/31/14, 5:51 PM, "mitch@xxxxxxxxxxxx" <mitch@xxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
> >Wei can you provide a little more detail?
> >I have a client machine running Windows 2000 on vmware 2 I desparately
> >want to convert to XenServer 6.2 but so far my attempts have all failed.
> >Single machine - but I'm not quite sure what I'd be dd'ing to what?
> >
> >Cheers - have a great weekend!
> >
> >-----Original Message-----
> >From: xen-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxx
> >[mailto:xen-users-bounces@xxxxxxxxxxxxx] On Behalf Of Wei Liu
> >Sent: January 31, 2014 2:13 PM
> >To: Manoj Subramaniam (manojsub)
> >Cc: xen-users@xxxxxxxxxxxxx; wei.liu2@xxxxxxxxxx
> >Subject: Re: [Xen-users] Converting a VMDK on ESX to raw
> >
> >On Fri, Jan 31, 2014 at 07:25:37PM +0000, Manoj Subramaniam (manojsub)
> >wrote:
> >> I¹m trying to convert a vmdk windows image to a raw image compatible
> >>with xen. I have tried qemu-img and vmkfstools so far, but have had no
> >>luck I.e, DomU says it can¹t find the boot disk and fails. I am going to
> >> try out Redhat¹s virt-v2v. Is there a tool you guys use?
> >> 
> >
> >A dumb method I can think of is you create a Linux guest on ESX, mount
> >attach that disk and use dd. It should be doable if you only want to
> >convert one or two disks.
> >
> >Wei.
> >
> >> - Manoj
> >
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