I was getting this error when trying to import a physical Windows 2000 SP4 machine, “Unable to complete vCenter Converter agent installation on ‘(machine name)’. Error code: 1,603. I am vSphere client 4.1 currently. And my vSphere Converter is version 4.2.1. I noticed on many posts that in 4.1 the Windows 2000 support was pulled. But I still needed to virtualize this machine and I know I had done so in years past.
So I decided to download the standalone converter agent and see what that does. I googled for a 4.2.1 standalone and tried to install it on the machine I’m trying to import. It wouldn’t let me install it, saying I needed XP or later. Next I got stand-alone version 3.0.3, since I saw on the forums that others were successful with that version. I was able to install the 3.0.3 version no problem.
Next I ran the VMware Converter. I continued in starter mode.
There was nothing too fancy with the conversion process, so I waited for it to convert to see if it was successful. I had tried to do this with early 4.0 converter, but it did not really finish all the way and it would never fully start up. So I was hoping that the version 3 client would do the trick.
So I fired it up without connecting to the network.
And abba cadabra a working Windows 2000 machine!
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