Xenconvert – Side-by-Side error on Windows Server 2008 R2

May 11th, 2011

Runtime Error when Running Citrix XenConvert 2.3.1 x64

Hi All – It’s been a long time since I’ve blogged… but certainly plenty been happening. I’m currently working in Papua New Guinea on an international assignment with my work – we’re working with the PNG LNG Project.

 As part of that international assignment, I’ve been required to train up some local staff to be IT Guru’s in their own right 🙂 Along the way, given that these folks don’t have the kind of budget I’m used to administering, I’ve found myself needing to innovate a little. It’s been great. I am currently in the process of virtualizing a number of servers.

After a few dry gullies, I’ve settled on Citrix Xenserver – I like the fact that it’s linux based, which means that I can spend a bit of time at the CLI if I wish. I also like the fact that it offers ‘XenConvert‘, which you can run directly from the operating system you wish to convert and send it directly to a VM on a running xenserver – it’s cool 🙂

But – the application can be a little buggy.

Error: application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect

Recently, when trying to convert a running instance of Windows Server 2008 R2 (x64) across to xenserver, I got the rather non-descript error : “application has failed to start because its side-by-side configuration is incorrect“. The full error was:-


After a little troubleshooting (including running xsxtrace), I managed to fix the problem.

If you’re having this problem, what you need to do is download and install the Microsoft Visual C++ 2008 Service Pack 1 Redistributable, then reboot your server.

I’m told that this problem also occurs with Windows Vista.

Hope this helps someone!




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  • 1. Jojo  |  August 3rd, 2011 at 10:48 pm

    HIi, I noticed the remote programming sequence is the same for the AUII and BA – BF Falcon would a BA – BF remote work with the AUII Falcon? Thanks

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