I created the vhost.conf file with (I'll remove it once I'm converted) ...
php_admin_value open_basedir none
And the import is proceeding ... it's been running quite a while as I expected it would take a while with all the postings and forums that I have.
I will report back (for posterity for others who may search on this) on it's completion status.
Last edited by DennyP; 08/16/2009 8:04 PM.