SSR 2011 Restore to VMWare Host ESXi V5 does not work
We had no problem restoring SSR images to virtual machines on ESXi V4. It worked for virtual XP machines as well as Server 2003 and Server 2008.
Now that we have updated to ESXi V5, images made from Server 2003 (64bit) and Server 2008 (64 bit) machines do not work. Curiously, XP machines do restore correctly. (Using SSR v 10.0.3 and SRD 10.0.3)
Note that these are not conversions. We are creating SSR images from the virtual machines and trying to restore to newly created virtual machines on the same host with identical VM settings.
To be specific, Server 2008 R2 machines with System Reserved Partitions get to Windows Boot manager, but then get a blue screen of death with the OS starts to load.
Server 2008 machines without System Reserved partitions go directly to the blue screen of death. So do 64bit 2003 machines.
We're aware that the conversion of SSR images to VMware directly (P2V) is not supported by Symantec for VMware V5, but other discussions on this forum imply that standard restore of images should work.