We currently run an SBS2008 DC/Exchange/AD on hardware that is getting dated. Before it falls all the way over we are trying to get it virtualized, as we do have a shiny new (and under utilized) VMWare host. I am doing network isolated test runs at the moment to figure out how long it will take and which bugbears to expect, etc etc. In case it matters, the process we are following is -
- Full backup via Acronis B&R 11.5
- Run up VM hardware (we use VMWare vSphere 5 Essentials)
- Connect VM CD Drives to Acronis Bootable media Image & VMWare-tools Windows image
- Run the universal restore sourcing drivers from the VMWare-tools disc.
At the very end of the restore we got two errors concerning missing drivers with generic long PCI device names names - I am almost sure that these are the same two devices I am having problems with but am unsure how to check this. (We tried re-searching the VMWare tools disc for these fut failed, so I crossed my fingers and clicked 'Ignore')
After it boots up I install VMWare tools (Complete installation) and restart. The whole thing seems to run fine in the very isolated environment I have it in, however the device manager shows issues (that is, yellow !'s) with 2 devices -
Virtual Machine Bus Virtualization Infrastructure Driver
Trying to update these drivers (Either automatically or searching the VMWare tools disc) shows that they are apparently the latest. The Device status (for both) is:
Windows cannot load the device driver for this hardware. The driver may be corrupted or missing (Code 39).
My searches have revealed nothing VMWare related, however I did see a few articles like this one and this one related to Hyper-V and with different status codes, but the same devices. Nevertheless, I've tried the troubleshooting for them (enabling HAL in msconfig->Boot tab->Advanced Options; disabling and re-enabling the device) to no avail.
There is nothing in the event logs which seems related, as a matter of fact I can't see that anything is affected - but I'd rather not find out after hours on a Friday night at the end of the migration, when all I want to be thinking of is whether to watch GoT or Legend of the Seeker when I get home. Is there anyone who has either encountered this before or has the experience to say what the outcomes/cause might be?