VMware – No volume groups found
I recently P2V’d several RHEL and RHAS servers which failed to boot when powered on. They would begin booting and then report “No volume groups found” and “Kernel panic – not syncing: Attempted to kill init!”. After a lot of searching, I found the following link with the key information: http://kb.vmware.com/selfservice/microsites/search.do?language=en_US&cmd=displayKC&externalId=1002402
- Boot the VM with a rescue CD
- Type chroot /mnt/sysimage
- Make sure there are no references to /dev/hda in the following files
- change alias ethx <module> to alias ethx pcnet32
- change alias scsi_hostadapterx <module> to alias scsi_hostadapterx mptscsih
- change alias scsi_hostadapter <module> to alias scsi_hostadapter mptbase
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Ed – this is still relevant today, and I spent a long time trying to convert my Linux machine p2v before I came across your post. Many thanks, it was the only thing to work. Kenneth.
In my target vm (centos 5.3 i686) I could only get it to boot by including
in my mkinitrd. I think it was excluding mptspi otherwise. Only then would it find its disks. Source machine used cciss (HP/compaq raid controller)
Great! Works like a charm! I had the same problem with an old CentOS 5.1 server.