Backed up... reinstalled VM and ran again with same results. Tried the thumbnail creation and that threw up an internal server error... but have memory set to 128M.
This site has 800 items and about 3,000 images so not the end of the world if I have to add pics back in manually but this seems such a simple task I cannot understand why it fails. Also the next site to be migrated has 5,000 items and 20 or 30k images... so need to solve for that.
Is this going to be integrated into a future VM migration as it seems odd that if everytime a new VM version we have to manually rebuild so much of the site?