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How to virtualize physical server or GHOST image into non-ESX environment?

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Physical server (phy-svr-src) running Windows 2003 is permanently in network-A. Physical server (phy-svr-host) running Windows 2003 connects to the same network only during virtualization or phy-svr-src is down. There are no other servers connected to the same network.

Goal#1: Virtualize phy-svr-src with the help of phy-svr-host if needed.
Goal#2: Run virtualized phy-svr-src in phy-svr-host.
Goal#3: Use free or cheap tools to achieve the above goals.

Please give steps to achieve it and list software/tools needed at each step.

Thanks a lot.
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Hi
I've done this with ESX
http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/

You're going to have to give me a minute to lookup a Microsoft option... I'll be right back!
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ok I've found the quickest way to do this is Ghost the server store the *.GHO file on the server and run a converter to VHD on it
As microsofts Virtualisation is free thats the solution :)

Dave
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Hi Jaoibh,

Can you please provide more details? I am not familiar with Microsoft virtual solution.

Thanks a lot.
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sure thing,
Step one is to virtualise the server.
I just found out that you have to buy Norton Ghost so unless you have a copy what i'd do is download Vmconverter you burn it to CD and boot from it, it asks you where you want to save the file to. Point it to the other server.
After about 30 minutes you'll have a VMDK file on your server.
You now have two options you can install the freeware version of VMware Server which you can find from www.vmware.com or you can download Virtual PC 2007 which is the MS option which is also free.
If you choose the Microsoft option then you can run
http://vmtoolkit.com/files/folders/converters/entry8.aspx this is a VMDK (vmware) to VHD (MS) converter.

you now have a virtualised server running on your Windows server.
I've done this many times and it works.

David
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by:richtree
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I have Ghost.
How can I convert Ghost image to VMDK file?
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I just find out my Ghost cannot recognize SCSI disk. So assume I do not have Ghost.
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I'd recommend you use Vmware converter instead so
http://www.vmware.com/products/converter/
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I am downloading the vConverter now and will update here how it goes.
Thanks.
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I download the vConveter. How to boot from it and create VMDK file? It's not ideal to install the program on the source machine. Please let me know.
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you burn the application to CD its bootable.
Then boot from it and it gives you the option to copy the Partition to a location. Copy it to a network share.
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It is just .exe file. Is it bootable if I just boot it to CD?
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I burn the exe file as data file and could not boot from it. How to get bootable converter?
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I just realised why  you cant do that.. its not free!
I'm sorry pal this is really annoying all the tools I use we get free from our enterprise agreements
Vmware-converter Bootable CD downloads will give you options... none of which are legal. I hope this doesnt get me banned I'm just trying to help.
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I have license for bootable converter. I just download it. When I try to to convert the physical machine, I encounter the following questions:
1. destination type: VMware Infrastructure Virtual Machine or Other Virtual Machine;
 I choose 'Other Virtual Machine' since I do not have ESX near the physical machine;

then it asks for:
Virtual Machine Name: myvm
Location: what I should put here? I cannot browse the network either though I already define the IP address for the converter.
Type of Virtual Machine to create: workstaion 4.x/5.x/6.x
But I do not see an option to create a VMDK file. What to do next?
Thanks.

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by:richtree
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I enter the IP again, now I am able to set up a network share and browse it. So it is now converting. I will update tomorrow.
Thanks.
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I finally virtualized the server into multiple VMDK files, but could not run VMware Server. I will post a separate question regarding VMware server.
Thanks.
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