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October 18, 2011 6:40:01 PM

Hi all

I have no knowledge of linux and we have a linux box in our network if it goes down I for the moment do not have the knowledge to reinstall and setup up its features.

To compensate I want to virtualise this physical linux box. This is easy with a M$ machine using p2v etc. However I am not having any success with linux.

Does anyone know how to turn the linux machine into a VHD file? Then I can practice with the virtual system and use it in a pinch for swift temporary disaster rcovery.

Thanks for reading.
a b 5 Linux
October 18, 2011 7:21:45 PM

Have a look at VMWare vCenter Converter ( http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/ ), which will convert a physical machine to a VMWare virtual machine. This can be run on VMWare Player, which is a free download.
a b 5 Linux
October 19, 2011 2:58:06 PM

This reply seems to cover what you want, if you need a bit of assistance executing the commands noted (e.g. you don't know what a livecd is, are unsure of what dd is, etc.) stop on back and we can help
a b 5 Linux
October 19, 2011 4:16:41 PM

Just as an aside on this.

Be sure to test your VM thoroughly. The last product I supported was not officially supported in a VM, although on the helpdesk we would always try our best to help. From an extensive number of clients we found that those that installed the OS and our application into a clean environment had no issues, those that sucked up an existing physical box to create the VM could never get our product to work. This was using the VMware converter tool. As we didn't offer any official support I never had time or funding to really get to the bottom of it other than it was an interbase engine issue.

Personally I'd build from scratch inside the VM where possible.
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