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Newbie Needs Help in Converting a *.GHO File into a *.VMDK File

Please help this VMWAre Newbie...Is it possible for me to convert a *.GHO file into a *.VMDK file which I could use in my ESX 3.5 enviroment.

If so how????
Can you please provide the steps I would need to follow.......
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TDKDCommented:
Hi compdigit44,

Are you referring to a Norton Ghost Image file (.gho)?
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za_mkhCommented:
I don't know if you can directly convert a GHO file to a VMDK file. You can normally use VMWare Converter to convert Norton Livestate disk to VMDKs.
But if all you have is Ghost file, what you could do is create a new VM with the same properties the PC that the GHO image was created from, e.g/ Windows 2003, 10GB hard drive, etc.
 You then boot this VM up with with a norton ghost book disk (BartPE is ideal).  You then can connect to the network share that hosts the ghost file you want to use and then ghost from 'file' onto the disk you created when you setup your VM.
This process essentially copies the contents of your Ghost file into a Virtual hard disk. Once this is done, you can than use VMWare Converter to 'fix' the VM so that it become bootable.
I created a BartPE disk nearly 3 years ago, and it still helps me to this day for these kinds of issues!
These links will flesh out the steps I mentioned above.
http://communities.vmware.com/thread/58507
http://communities.vmware.com/thread/68320
 http://communities.vmware.com/thread/31448 (This one includes posts by me in 2006 when I first started on this process)
http://www.linkedin.com/answers/technology/information-technology/computers-software/TCH_ITS_CMP/246507-16046190?browseCategory=TCH_ITS
 
 
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TDKDCommented:
Hi compdigit44,

Also another would be to dump your Ghost Image onto the intended system it was made for, then perform a P2V (Physical To Virtual) capture with VmWare.
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compdigit44Author Commented:
thanks for the replies unfortuantly i do not have the type of computer aroun this ghost image was created from..

I am running virtualcenter 2.5 if this helps at all
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TDKDCommented:
Maybe tomorrow I will try and create a VM by booting the new VM to a bootable DVD using Ghost.exe on the DVD, along with the .GHO Image file and let you know how it goes :-)
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za_mkhCommented:
Compdigit44, my post explains what you need to do ... it is a P2V in a way, but you need to get the contents of the GHO onto a virtual hard disk for you to then use VMWare Converter on so that it can be usable in a VMWare...
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za_mkhCommented:
In fact if you are using Ghost image was created using Ghost 9, 10 or 12, you  can use VMWare Converter to achieve your goal.
I was Ghost 8.
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za_mkhCommented:
http://www.vmware.com/download/converter/
download the free edition...
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compdigit44Author Commented:
The image was made buy using Ghost 8
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za_mkhCommented:
Then you will need to use the 'P2V' guide to get your ghost image contents onto a VMDK.
 
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compdigit44Author Commented:
It sounds like I have to first convert this ghost 8 file into another file format before it can be converted into a VMDK file..

Is this correct?
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TDKDCommented:
Yes, but I don't know of any software that can convert an Image file (e.g. .gho) into an ISO file, which would be the type to convert to, so you can use it to create an actual VM session.
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za_mkhCommented:
You know what I give up trying to help you! Sorry if I sound rude. But If you actually read my post - it told you what to do! I know it works because I've done it!
So what I am saying is I hope you don't give up.
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