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I initially wanted to copy locally an EC2 windows server instance and bring in to Hyper-V but have decided VMware workstation might be easier. None-the-less each method I try results in the exact same issue with a failure on storport.sys and bluescreening; in safemode it fails on ClassPNP. I have followed these VM conversion directions with no luck (I do not know how to proceed with step 5, but either way the VM still bluescreens). How can I copy this instance locally to be run as a VM.

Here's the specifics: Windows Server 2008 R2 64bit VMware vCenter Converter 5.01

Local machine: VMware Workstation 8.05 Windows 8 64bit

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I just noticed the directions specify converter 4, I'll see if I can find that version – scape Jan 8 '13 at 15:56
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I found this response which apparently works for my situation, I am going to double check and see if it works and solves the hardware driver issue.

Update: I was able to solve this by deleting the rhelscsi driver found in C:\windows\system32\drivers, I did this from the system restore command line.

Additional optional workaround:

Steps involved:

select command prompt and type regedit select HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE hive on the left from File menu select "Load Hive..." command and browse to C:\Windows\System32\config directory and select SYSTEM file enter a key name when prompted (e. g. p2v) find the key you specified in the previous step under HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE and navigate to ControlSet001\services for each of rhelfltr, rhelnet and rhelscsi services you should select the service, locate the "Start" value on the right and change it to 4 (service disabled) select the key created earlier, unload the registry hive and restart the operating system

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