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When you use the Convert Physical Server Wizard in Microsoft System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 to perform a physical to virtual (P2V) migration on a Windows XP-based system or on a Windows Server 2003-based system, the job fails. Additionally, you receive the following error message:
Boot and\or System volume C was not selected or is not found on source machine computername.contoso.com.
Selected machine computername.contoso.com cannot be virtualized. Verify that the boot and system volumes are selected for migration and the boot.ini file is present on the active volume of the boot drive. Then try the operation again.
This problem can occur if you installed Windows XP or Windows Server 2003 by using Windows Preinstallation Environment (Windows PE) 2.0 or Windows Deployment Services (WDS). When you perform an installation by using Windows PE 2.0 or WDS, the volume is formatted to use the new boot sector that is included with Windows Vista. The P2V job fails because System Center Virtual Machine Manager 2007 does not support P2V on Windows Vista.
To write a boot sector that is compatible with the P2V migration, follow these steps on the system that cannot perform the P2V migration:
Microsoft has confirmed that this is a problem in the Microsoft products that are listed in the "Applies to" section.