VMware P2V or V2V gives error Unable to contact the specified host.

When you do a P2V or V2V of Windows 2008 server using VMware Converter you might get the below error:

Unable to contact the specified host. The host is not available, there is a network configuration problem, or the management services on the host are not responding.

In order to execute the conversion process, it is necessary to open the required ports on the source. This error would be displayed when the required TCP and UDP ports are not open.

Hence, the best solution is to disable the firewall to fix the issue.

In my case the issue was fixed using the below command.

NetSh Advfirewall set allprofiles state off

Thanks,
WintelAdmin

Physical to VM Conversion working slow using VMware converter.


Recently, I was doing a hot P2V of Windows 2003 server from HP Hardware to a virtual machine. It was bad experience that the data transfer was slow of about 64 KB/s showing 7 days remaining.

Many times, the task was cancelled and re-initiated, however with no success. tried disabling McAfee and backup services.

Later, I found an VMware KB article on disabling the SSL which fixed my issue with the data transfer of about 7-8 MB/s.

Please follow the below steps to disable SSL:-

1 – Locate “converter-worker.xml” on a machine on which the VMware Converter is installed and open in a text editor.
2 – Locate the tag pair<useSsl></useSsl>. It is located inside the<nfc>tag and has a value oftrue.
3 – Change the SSL Key <useSsl> true </useSsl> to false (“<useSsl>false</useSsl>”).
4 – Save and close the file.
5 – Restart “VMware vCenter Converter Standalone Worker” service.

Tips:
“converter-worker.xml” This file is location in the following locations
Windows Vista, Windows 7, Windows 2008 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone
Windows XP, Windows 2003, Windows 2000 %ALLUSERSPROFILE%\Application Data\VMware\VMware vCenter Converter Standalone

Thanks,

WintelAdmin

Source:  kb.vmware.com/kb/2020517. Thanks to VMware Knowledge Base.