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Converting a Linux virtual machine using vCenter Converter fails with error: Device or resource busy (2016112)

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This article identifies as issue on the operating system of the source Linux machine, that causes VMware vCenter Converter to fail. This affects all versions of VMware vCenter Converter that support hot-cloning of Linux operating systems.


This issue occurs if a file size reported within the operating system of the source Linux operating system is inaccurate. Specifically, In Red Hat Enterprise and Fedora version 4.x operating systems, this may be caused by the /var/log/lastlog file.. 
The /var/log/lastlog file is used to store information about successful logins to the operating systems. In earlier versions of Red Hat Enterprise Linux and Fedora 4.x, the file size can be misrepresented if this file is corrupted. 


This issue is resolved in recent versions of Red Hat and Fedora. For more information and a patch to resolve this issue, contact Red Hat.
To workaround this issue:
  1. Log in to the operating system as the root user.
  2. Change directory to /var/log using this command:

    cd /var/log

  3. Verify if the lastlog file is excessively large. To verify this, view the folder contents using this command:

    ls -lh

  4. Run this command to delete the lastlog file:

    rm lastlog

  5. Run this command to create a new lastlog file:

    touch lastlog

  6. Retry the conversion.

Additional Information

This issue can also occur with any kind of disk corruption that may result in inaccurate file sizes. Before converting an operating system using vCenter Converter, ensure to perform a file integrity check on the source operating system. For more information, see Performing a disk check (1004003).

See Also

Update History

10/17/2012 - I updated Note: For information on log locations, see Collecting diagnostic information for VMware Converter (1010633)

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