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Automatic Reboot of VMware vConverter Server

VMware vConverter is a tool from VMware that is used for various purposes like –

  • Quickly and reliably convert local and remote Windows and Linux based physical machines into virtual machines without any disruption
  • Complete multiple conversions simultaneously with a centralized management console.
  • Minimize the number of steps to conversion with easy-to-use wizards.
  • Convert other virtual machine formats such as Microsoft Hyper-V, Microsoft Virtual PC and Microsoft Virtual Server or backup images of physical machines such as Symantec Backup Exec System Recovery or Norton Ghost to VMware virtual machines.
This is one of the most commonly used tool across many Organizations that are virtualizing their old Physical Server based environments. Recently , We started facing Strange issues with VMware vConverter Server wherein the vConverter Server would restart when the conversion progress is at 98% or when the vConverter Server would start fetching Source Server information . We tried to isolate issue by trying the same across multiple Windows OS platforms but the Issue kept persisting . Nothing would happen to the Source Server or the Destination Virtual Machine !
Analyzing the Windows Memory / Mini  Dump that was created on the VMware vConverter Server , We could see that the issue was caused by McAfee’s Filter driver “mfehidk.sys” .
Stopping the McAfee Service didn’t help. The vConverter Conversion completed successfully only after completely uninstalling McAfee from the VMware vConverter Server !
This issue seems to be a known issue with McAfee and a Patch is expected in September 2011. Details of the same can be found here.
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