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P2v of hp g6 proliant servers with SCVMM R2 failing on installing integration tools

Recently i’ve tried to p2v several servers for sandboxes and found all failed at around 70% when converting with SCVMM R2, specifically when installing the integration tools. All of these physical servers were based on G6 HP Proliant Servers, DL380’s and 360’s.

Each time the machines drives converted ok, but after a long time-out on the integration tools at 70% they’d fail. The VM would boot afterwards but with processor stuck at 12% when viewed through the management console and 30 second waits for responses to keypresses, additionally there was no mouse support, even on 2008 R2 server conversions with their native hyper-v tools. It’s related to the current Proliant support pack and the lack of HP hardware after the boot of the VM, but I specifically suspect the HP ILO support (with extra mouse/keyboard drivers) may be part of the cause but have yet to investigate properly.

In the meantime, best I’ve found to resolve this is to:

  • boot the newly created VM in safe mode using f8 when it’s switched on
  • Disable ALL HP services
  • Restart the server (you should now have mouse/keyboard access)
  • Uninstall all HP software
  • Install integration services.

Your converted VM should boot and perform fine now.