BCDedit.exe error when performing migration of 2008 Server

  • 7009310
  • 07-Sep-2011
  • 21-Oct-2013


Platespin Protect 10.0.2
Platespin Migrate 9.0.2
Platespin Forge 3.0.2


When migrating or failing over a Windows 2008 workload the following error is seen on the target:
Calling bcdedit.exe /set {default} device partition=C:
Output:An error occurred while attempting to reference the specified entry. The
parameter is incorrect.


In order to resolve this issue it is necessary to create a new default Windows boot manager entry.  These steps should be performed on the source if replications will continue, or on the target if using Migrate or failing over:
1. Create a folder for BCD backup:
mkdir “C:\Admin\BCD Backup”
2. Create a backup of the BCD:
bcdedit /export “C:\Admin\BCD Backup\”
3. Run the following command:
bcdedit /default {current}


The most typical cause of this issue is if the default Windows boot manager entry is missing.