How do I "Import" a working XP hardrive into a Vmware server session?

Posted on 2008-11-03
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I have a VMWare ESX Server 3i I'm experimenting with.

I know how to create a new Virtual machine by installing an OS off a CD or from an ISO. But is there away to import a complete Windows install off a harddisk into a new Vmware session (machine)?

This way I don't have to rebuild IIS and my databases from scratch. is this possible?
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theras2000 earned 1000 total points
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Yes.  The product is called VMWare Converter http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/ and it's free.  Just install and then it can make a VM out of a physical normal machine.  I did it on my wife's old laptop and then stuck this VM onto her new laptop so that she could get everything using VMWare Player.  It was ace!

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aldanch earned 1000 total points
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Yes, certainly. You may consider

VMware Converter (Free)


PlateSpin's PowerConvert ($$)

Also, if you may also restore Symantec BackupExec System Recovery ghost images or Acronis TrueImage echo images as virtual machines.

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