“A disk read error occured, press ctl+alt+delete to restart” at VM bootup

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P2V conversion can get annoying if you don't know the cause of the problem. I was converting a plain physical MS WinXP machine to a virtual one and when it was all finished, I have started the machine and got this message at VM bootup: "A disk read error occured, press ctl+alt+delete to restart". [wp_ad_camp_1] I was using a VMware Converter Standalone 4 on a vCenter 4 platform. Google gave me  a lot of possible solutions..from booting a WinXP recovery console to selecting a SCSI disk over IDE hard disk during conversion configuration, but the solution that worked for me was converting an IDE to SCSI disk type after conversion.   You have to write something in the VM configuration file so follow this steps to do so: 1. Connect…
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How to enable root SSH login on a ESX 4 host

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We are going to discuss how to enable root SSH login on the ESX 4.0 server. Root user is disabled by default so all we have to do is get to our ESX console and enable it.         [wp_ad_camp_1] As you know,  you log in on the ESX server with the user that you created  in the installation  process and switch to the root user is made by a little linux command "su" (switch user). Enabled root SSH login is a security issue, someone could get easier access to it and that someone may not have best intentions, but there are situations where you need root access, like testing, folder/file control..etc.  Step 1 Login as root user to your ESX console.  Step 2 Enter "cd /etc/ssh" to…
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