Wednesday, December 25, 2013

Stuck in WinPE when converting P2V

In this case I got stuck in WinPE when I was converting physical server with installed Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 operating system using VMM 2012 SP1 P2V method for creation of virtual machines. P2V process has successfully started, and source physical server has started into WinPE, but copying of source hard drive never started because of missing RAID drivers. So, now I was stuck into WinPE. Restarting the physical server was booting again into WinPE because P2V conversion was unable to finish, so modified boot sector was still in place.
Escaping from this (loop) situation was using installation media of Windows Server 2003, and booting into recovery console. Using fixboot has returned the default boot sector to the system partition, and I was able to boot again into source Windows Server 2003 R2 SP2 operating system.

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