You receive the error message “Unable to determine Guest Operating System” when trying to move a VM using VMware Converter


Had an issue moving a Windows 2008 x64 R2 Server and constantly recived the error unable to determine guest operating system. 

Found this excellent solution here http://wiert.me/2010/06/10/vmware-converter-4-01-unable-to-obtain-hardware-information-or-unable-to-determine-guest-operating-system/

Was able to change the guest operating system to just Windows 2008 and was then able to convert. Then I was able to change the guest OS back to R2 x64 after the conversion.

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