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Re: [virt-tools-list] what does virt-v2v check for in a multiboot os?

On Wed, Jan 26, 2011 at 02:10:51PM +0000, Matthew Booth wrote:
> On 26/01/11 13:56, Kenneth Armstrong wrote:
> >Thanks Rich,
> >
> >I tried this again and it still failed.  This is a single vmdk disk
> >with two partitions.  I deleted out the second partition (that didn't
> >have anything on it) and it worked.  However, i have other vm's to
> >import that I can't delete out the second partition, so that isn't
> >ideal.
> >
> >I was looking through the virt-v2v script itself (this is on RHEL 6)
> >and noticed that it was supposed to run the inspection before it
> >creates the target vm image (I'm no PERL guy, but that's what I got
> >from the script).  However, when I run the utitlity, it goes through
> >the whole process of creating the target vm (which took about 2.5
> >hours on my last try) and then failed because "multiboot operating
> >systems are not supported by virt-v2v."
> >
> >Could the utility be changed to check that before it tries to convert
> >it?  That would save a lot of time from being wasted by a process that
> >won't work.
> Unfortunately not. It can't inspect the guest to determine that it
> can't convert it until it has copied it. It's the copy that takes
> the time. Creating the new target volume and conversion only take a
> minute or so.
> It's my understanding that the recovery console is installed on a
> separately bootable partition which is normally hidden from Windows,
> and that it contains a stripped-down Windows installation. Is that
> right? If so, it explains the problem you're seeing. virt-inspector
> would see this as a second OS. virt-v2v would see multiple OSs and
> refuse to convert it. If so, we obviously need to handle this.

It would still help to see the output of virt-inspector on the disk


Richard Jones, Virtualization Group, Red Hat http://people.redhat.com/~rjones
virt-df lists disk usage of guests without needing to install any
software inside the virtual machine.  Supports Linux and Windows.

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