VMware Converter ‘Unable to Connect to the Network Share’

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Problem

I don’t think, Ive ever run the VMware Standalone Converter, without at least one error message or popup complaining about something! Today I was trying to convert a clients old Windows Server 2003 document management server, when trying to deploy the agent this happened;

Unable to connect to the network share ‘{Sever-name-or-IP} \ADMIN$’.

Solution

It’s a pretty descriptive error, can you map a drive to this machine and open a network share manually? Is the ‘server service’ running? In my case the problem was easily diagnosed;

Cannot Connect To SMBv1 Share

As I wasn’t about to start enabling SMBv1 on the clients Windows 2019 server! So I simply installed the VMware Standalone converter on one of their existing 2008 members servers instead, and ran it from there.

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Author: PeteLong

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