[PVE-User] WG: p2v win7

Holger Ernst he at ernstdatenmedien.de
Thu Nov 1 13:02:25 CET 2012

Hi Tonci,


Windows is always delicate when it comes to changing hardware. Win 7 less than XP but still there are issues.

Why not use the included Windows Backup to save the entire machine the microsoft way, then use Win7 boot disk inside the vm to restore the machine, attach a second cd with virtio drivers to be  used directly.

This works very well with all flavours of Win 7 (Server 2008R2 and such).


Regards, Holger


Dear all


I'm trying to make p2v from win7 to the proxmox guest


Using Clonezilla , transfer seems to end up successfully .

I follwed this instructions correctly:


This method is fast, reliable and OS independent as it uses live cds.

§  you need to get http://clonezilla.org/ <http://clonezilla.org/> , which is a live linux cd.

§  prepare the source host, make sure that you have standard IDE drivers enabled (for winxp/win2003 just use the mergeide.reg <http://www.proxmox.com/downloads/proxmox-ve/misc/59-mergeide> , for w2k I followed this link (solution 2 worked for me): [2] <http://www.motherboard.windowsreinst...m/problems.htm> 

§  now, boot the physical host with clonezilla, go for beginner mode and select device-device and then remote, just follow the wizard

§  on the Proxmox VE host, prepare a KVM guest, make sure you got a big enough ide disk assigned (add one gb extra to be on the safe side) and also boot this KVM guest with the live cd and execute a shell.

§  become root and run fdisk (fdisk /dev/sda/) to make sure that sda is here, exit fdisk with 'w'. this was essential.

§  now enter all command from the wizard from the source server tells you (configure network and request the copy process)

§  after success (the wizard just copies the data, means I got a 80 gb disk but only 5 gb data on it so it was just a few minutes for the whole process, gbit network) just change the boot device to the hard disk and start the VM. Windows will install all needed drivers automatically, just the Intel NIC drivers for e1000 must be loaded from ISO (i got one big driver ISO from Intel containing all NIC drivers).



but afterwards , when I started VM  after the "booting from hard disk"  it just stops and does not go any further with no error message displayed at all.


I did import mergeide.req into the win7 host , in spite of this is not mentioned here , but nothing helped.


Is there any other procedure regarding win7 OS ?


Thank you very much in advance and 


srdačan pozdrav / best regards


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