Running a one-time virtual conversion Step-By-Step

Article:HOWTO21373  |  Created: 2009-01-29  |  Updated: 2013-08-29  |  Article URL http://www.symantec.com/docs/HOWTO21373
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ISSUE:
Detailed steps are needed on how to run a one-time virtual conversion.
 
CAUSE:
Need to convert a .v2i file to .vhd or .vmdk for use in a virtual environment.
 
SOLUTION:
Running a one-time virtual conversion
Use Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery to convert recovery points of a physical computer to VMware Virtual Disk, Microsoft Virtual Disk, or a VMware ESX Server. Virtual disks are excellent for testing and evaluation purposes.
The following platforms support virtual disks created from recovery points:
- VMware Workstation 4, 5, and 6
- VMware ESX Server 3.0, 3.5, 3.5i, 4.0, and 4.0i
- VMware Server 1
- Microsoft Virtual Server 2005 R2 and later
- Microsoft Hyper-V 1.0 and 2.0
Scheduled recovery point conversions to virtual disks can also be made.
See Defining a virtual conversion job.
To run a one-time recovery point conversion to virtual disk
1. On the Tasks page, click One Time Virtual Conversion.
 
Figure 1
 
2. Click the virtual disk type (and version, if applicable) to be created, then click Next.
3. Do one of the following:
- Click View all recovery points near the bottom of the pane, and then select a recovery point in the list based on its creation date, system or by filename.
 
Figure 2
 
- In the View by list, select one of the following alternative recovery point sources:
 
  •  Date - Displays all of the discovered recovery points in the order in which they were created. If no recovery points are discovered, the table is empty. In such cases, select an alternate date by using the drop-down calendar. Select a recovery point from the list.
  •  Filename - Allows browsing to another recovery point location. For example, browse an external (USB) drive, network location, or removable media to select a recovery point (.v2i or .iv2i) file. Select this option, and then do the following: Click Browse, locate and select a recovery point, and then click Open. If a recovery point that is stored on a network is selected, type your network credentials. See About for more information on network credentials.
  •  System - Uses the current system index file that is located in the recovery point storage location. The system index file displays a list of all of the drives viewable on the computer and any associated recovery points from which to select. Or,  select an alternate system index file (.sv2i) that resides elsewhere such as a network location. The use of a system index file reduces the time it takes to convert multiple recovery points. When a recovery point is created, a system index file is saved with it. The system index file contains a list of the most recent recovery points, which includes the original drive location of each recovery point. Select his option, and then do one of the following: Click Use latest recovery points for this computer.  The list of drives, source files (.v2i and .iv2i files), and dates comes from the most current system index file (.sv2i) that is located in the recovery point storage location on the computer. Click Use alternate system index (*.sv2i) file. Click Browse, locate and select an alternate system index file (.sv2i), and then click Open. If a system index file is selected that is stored on a network, enter the appropriate network credentials. See About network credentials. Select the recovery points to convert in the list box.
 
4. Click Next.
5. Do one of the following based on the virtual disk format and version (if applicable) that are selected:
 
 If VMware Virtual Disk or Microsoft Virtual Disk are selected as the conversion format -  Type the path to the folder to place the virtual disk files. - Browse Click Browse to locate the folder in which to place the virtual disk files.  If a virtual disk folder location on a network was selected, type the appropriate network credentials. - Create one virtual disk per volume Select this option to create one virtual disk file per volume. If this option is not selected, each drive is matched to its respective hard drive letter assignment during the conversion. Therefore, it results in multiple drives within one virtual disk file. This option is not available if the volumes are on separate disks. To edit the name of the resulting virtual disk file, select the file name in the list near the bottom of the pane.  Click Rename, and then type the new file name.
 
 If VMware ESX Server is selected as the conversion format.  Enter the ESX server name or IP address, type the name of the server or the server's IP address.
 Regarding ESX Server Credentials: In the ESX Server Credentials group box, type a valid administrator user name that has sufficient rights. Type a valid password.  
 When selecting a destination for the virtual disks: Type the path to the folder to place the virtual disk files.  
 When renaming a file: To edit the name of the resulting virtual disk file, select the file name in the list near the bottom of the pane.  Click Rename, and then type the new file name. Click Next.
 When selecting a temporary location for conversion:  Type the name of the server or the server's IP address to be used as a temporary location for files.
 When choosing Temporary Location Credentials:  If you selected a temporary location for files on a network, type a valid administrator user name that has sufficient rights.
 
Figure 3
 
 
6. Click Next.
7. Select one or more of the following options:

 Run Windows Mini-Setup - Select this option (default) to run Windows Mini-Setup when restarting the computer after recovery. During recovery a text-based answer file is generated that scripts the answers for a series of dialog boxes. When the Mini-Setup wizard starts, it looks for this answer to automate the wizard. For example, the answer file, by way of the wizard, can automatically apply network card settings and other hardware and software settings on the computer. Unlike Windows Welcome which can take up to 60 minutes or more to set up Windows, Mini-Setup takes about six minutes. Specific information, including accepting the End-User License Agreement, entering the Product Key, username, and company name are automatically applied by Mini-Setup which uses the answer file. Deselect this option for any of the following to occur at the time of recovery instead:
- Run Windows Welcome instead Mini-Setup
- None of the configurable options that the Mini-Setup wizard changes are desirable at the time of recovery. This ensures that the computer is recovered to its original state prior to recovery. For more detailed information about Mini-Setup, perform a search for "Mini-Setup" on the Microsoft Help and Support Web site.

Figure 4
 

Split virtual disk into 2 GB (.vmdk) files - Select this option to split the virtual disk into multiple 2 GB .vmdk files. For example; Use this option if the virtual disk is stored on a FAT32 drive (any file system that does not support files larger than 2 GB) or to copy the virtual disk files to a DVD when the size is larger than the DVD allows. Note:  This option is specific to VMware; it is not available for Microsoft Virtual Disk as the conversion format.
 
8. Click Next.
9. Review the summary of the choices made.
 
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If any changes need to be made, click Back.
10. When satisfied, Click Finish.
 


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