Solved

Virtual machine (server)question

Posted on 2008-10-14
21
184 Views
Last Modified: 2012-05-05
Can you take an image of a server, and use it on a virtual machine(server) on the same box?

Change ip and the likes afterwards. It's a standalone server hosting a web application.
0
Comment
Question by:zen_68
[X]
Welcome to Experts Exchange

Add your voice to the tech community where 5M+ people just like you are talking about what matters.

  • Help others & share knowledge
  • Earn cash & points
  • Learn & ask questions
  • 11
  • 10
21 Comments
 
LVL 11

Expert Comment

by:Bertling
ID: 22712234
yes you can.

install vmware workstation 6 demo or buy it.

use p2v to convert the physical server to a VMX file for workstation 6 http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/

make sure you change the network card to do not use a network connection so it wont interfear with the prod network. http://img.tomshardware.com/us/2004/03/05/vmware_workstation_4/networking.gif

play the image in VMWARE 6

change the ip address and computer name.

run new sid to replace the duplcate sid and rename the server. http://download.sysinternals.com/Files/NewSid.zip

change the network card on the virtual image back to bridge mode

you now have the same server in your productive network with a different computername, SID and IP address in VMWARE.
0
 

Author Comment

by:zen_68
ID: 22712518
I have access to WIndows Virtual Server 2005. Can I use that instead?
0
 

Author Comment

by:zen_68
ID: 22712556
Why workstation and not server?
0
Space-Age Communications Transitions to DevOps

ViaSat, a global provider of satellite and wireless communications, securely connects businesses, governments, and organizations to the Internet. Learn how ViaSat’s Network Solutions Engineer, drove the transition from a traditional network support to a DevOps-centric model.

 
LVL 11

Expert Comment

by:Bertling
ID: 22712621
i am not sure virtual server 2005 has the function to convert physical to virtual.

i would advise to use workstation
0
 

Author Comment

by:zen_68
ID: 22712779
Thanks for your detailed response. Looks like that would work perfect. Server appears to be free. Wouldn't i use that? My box to virtualize is a Windows2003 Server.
0
 
LVL 11

Expert Comment

by:Bertling
ID: 22712832
i used to use Server which IMO is not that good.

VMWARE workstation 6 is far better and works with p2v.

you can download a demo of worksation 6 for your test.
0
 
LVL 11

Expert Comment

by:Bertling
ID: 22712854
0
 

Author Comment

by:zen_68
ID: 22712982
Thanks alot. I'm starting from scratch here with Virtualization. I'm thinking its the way to go. This server I have I really want to back up better than nightly images. So just go with workstation eh? ok. Any other advice?
0
 
LVL 11

Expert Comment

by:Bertling
ID: 22713012
so you want to install vmware workstation 6 on the same productive server?

if so why dont you just use another server or PC to host VMWARE worksation 6 and play these images on this rather tha the actaull server?
0
 

Author Comment

by:zen_68
ID: 22713103
I really dont know.

This is what I have
1. 2003 server standard running web application.

I want to duplicate this server for: testing, learning and backup in case application craps out. etc.
I was thinking of doing this on the current server but I didn't know i could run this anywhere. All new to me. Sorry i'm really just trying to learn.
0
 

Author Comment

by:zen_68
ID: 22713144
So I should install it on another server or pc, convert an image and go from there?
0
 
LVL 11

Expert Comment

by:Bertling
ID: 22713174
yes setup a new pc/server on a test lab. then install vmware 6 ten copy the images to their and play them.
0
 

Author Comment

by:zen_68
ID: 22713219
I really appreciate the help. So definetely not server though. Tempting cause its free but......
0
 
LVL 11

Expert Comment

by:Bertling
ID: 22713246
no dont install vmware 6 on the server itself where you will then play the images you make. you will then be able to test every thing in a virtual senario.

also be aware you  will also need a image of the DC in your network if you have one as it loggs on to this.

so also take a image of this and have both images run on the vmware workstation 6 server you setup.
0
 

Author Comment

by:zen_68
ID: 22713311
This server is standalone and does not log onto domain.
I was refering to getting VM Server instead of workstation cause its free. Whats the point of VM Server if you can run Windows 2003 Server on VM Workstation?
Playing where its safe makes sense, I get that.
0
 

Author Comment

by:zen_68
ID: 22713331
>>>>>>>>>>>use p2v to convert the physical server to a VMX file for workstation 6 http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<<

Can I run that on other servers, create the v and use it in my test environment. I dont have images of all servers, just a few.
0
 

Author Comment

by:zen_68
ID: 22713336
wtf.....lol
0
 
LVL 11

Expert Comment

by:Bertling
ID: 22713339
server 2005 and vmware are just 2 different products. vmware workstaton 6 is much better and costs. server 2005 is free.

however as far as i am aware you cannot convert a physical pc to a virtual image for server 2005.

with vmware workstation 6 you can.
0
 
LVL 11

Accepted Solution

by:
Bertling earned 250 total points
ID: 22713462
ok this is the steps:

setupnew stanalone server with xp or server 203 etc

insall vmware dem on this server.

now install p2v on te PRODUCTIVE server.

open p2v and use the wizard to create a virtual image of th poductiv server. follow this http://www.howtoforge.com/vmware_converter_windows_linux

then copy and open the image created of the productive server to the vmware workstation PC
0
 

Author Comment

by:zen_68
ID: 22714043
When I say Server is free, Im refering to VM Server
0
 
LVL 11

Expert Comment

by:Bertling
ID: 22714993
ok i see.

please dont use server 2005 use vmware workstation demo which too is free.
0

Featured Post

Simplifying Server Workload Migrations

This use case outlines the migration challenges that organizations face and how the Acronis AnyData Engine supports physical-to-physical (P2P), physical-to-virtual (P2V), virtual to physical (V2P), and cross-virtual (V2V) migration scenarios to address these challenges.

Question has a verified solution.

If you are experiencing a similar issue, please ask a related question

Suggested Solutions

Title # Comments Views Activity
Can’t delete a file 14 233
server DNS address could not be found 22 349
Hyper v or VMWare Player? 11 183
How to install a font on WIN2003SBS/IIS 6 & test 17 80
Introduction In one of my previous articles (http://www.experts-exchange.com/Microsoft/Applications/Virtual_Server/Hyper-V/A_10686-Creating-a-Hyper-V-Cluster-on-Windows-2012.html), I explained how to create a native Windows 2012 Cluster.  The metho…
Restoring deleted objects in Active Directory has been a standard feature in Active Directory for many years, yet some admins may not know what is available.
How to Install VMware Tools in Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6.4 (RHEL 6.4) Step-by-Step Tutorial
This video shows how to use Hyena, from SystemTools Software, to update 100 user accounts from an external text file. View in 1080p for best video quality.

751 members asked questions and received personalized solutions in the past 7 days.

Join the community of 500,000 technology professionals and ask your questions.

Join & Ask a Question