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I need to get the VMWare Image of an installed Linux Server

Hello experts,

I have a server that I need the VMWare image of. I cannot install it from scratch and I need that server as it is. I made a few VMWare images of Windows systems with VMWare converter but I have no idea how (or if) I can do that with a (modified) Linux system without a user interface. Is there a way to do it from a Windows Server remotely?

Thank you
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chingmdCommented:
Here is my first thought.    If the VMware convertor won't work, I haven't used it before.

You can boot off a live cd (Knoppix, ubuntu, etc)  Then use the dd command to replicate the drive.

You could also look at ghosting the drive as well.  Booting the VM into ghost and the RH machine on aghost CD to create the image of over the network.  



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fpcitCommented:
If you can boot the machine to a winpe or bartpe cd you could get an image of the system that way.  Create a virtual machine in VMware to host the Linux machine.  set the newly created vm linux machine to boot to an iso image of bart or the like.  Then drop the ghosted image of the live system onto the VM system and see how your fair.
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bozerAuthor Commented:
Thank you for the answers, but to be honest I never properly used a Linux Machine in my life and it's been quite a while since I've last used Norton Ghost. I need more help on how to get this done.

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fpcitCommented:
I get get the info to you. but it will be monday.  My brother is getting married this evening.  

Cheers
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bozerAuthor Commented:
Congratulations!!! And Thanks :)
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Bart van der WeeCommented:
VMWare convertor will allow you to create a bootcd that you start the computer with, ensure you have an external USB HDD attached to the server you want to capture the image of. Boot to the CD and follow your nose - it should be fairly straight forward, this is VMWare afterall not Microsoft :)

Let us know how you get on,
Bart
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Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure  Engineer  Commented:
Hi

The VMconverter is not supported for UNIX/LINUX machines.

IT can work, but vmware do not support for that system operations.

http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/faqs.html

http://vmware-land.com/Converter.html

Here his a product that support 100% converter for Linux

http://www.platespin.com/products/powerconvert/

But is not free

Jail

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bozerAuthor Commented:
Thanks Bart,

Have you ever tried something similar? Unfortunately I dont have the servers at ready right now to try what you suggested.

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bozerAuthor Commented:
Hi Jail,

Have you tried PowerConvert for a case that I've described?

Thank you

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Luciano PatrãoICT Senior Infraestructure  Engineer  Commented:
Hi

No

But that was the information that i received from the VMware

VMconverter from VM to physical, not supported

About the PowerConvert , i never used but i know that is a very good converter

Sorry :(

Jail
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S00007359Cloud Engineering OfficerCommented:
I beleive you will be achive wnat you want.

You will need Acronis® True Image Echo Server for Linux, as it does hardware independent restores.
here's the link: http://www.acronis.com.sg/enterprise/products/ATISLin/

Only issue is whether you version or flavour of linux is supported??

Thanks
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bozerAuthor Commented:
Thank you but none of these helped :(

It is a modified Linux version and most of the commands, etc is disabled.
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jhemenCommented:
Here's a link for virtualizing (P2V'ing) a Linux box (not for the timid IMO):

http://www.windley.com/archives/2007/08/p2v_how_to_make_a_physical_linux_box_into_a_virtual_machine.shtml

Issues you will (may) contend with:

1. Re-creating the mbr (you need to know which of the following you have)
    a. lilo
    b. grub
2. Making a new initramfs for later kernels. The tools vary by flavor of Linux.
3. Learning curve for use of G4L, an open source disk cloning program found at http://sf.net/

I suggest using this URL...at the bottom of the link is contact info for someone who will (may?) do it for about $50.00...   http://www.vmwiz.com/ ...I have not used them, and this looks similar to another link I saw previously in this question.

I have p2v'd 3 Linux machines in our environment, including our mail server, and each of these had separate issues; one had lilo, another had grub, and the last required a different way to make the initramfs.


 
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bozerAuthor Commented:
No luck but thank you all
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