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I'm trying to figure out how one can import a live Linux server (RHEL3) into a virtual environment, preferrably Hyper-V / System Center Virtual Machine Manager (SCVMM).

I have imported many Windows servers using SCVMM, however there is no option that I can find to import Linux servers.  I know that VMWare can do P2V on Linux, and SCVMM can convert VMWare images into Hyper-V / SCVMM images, so that might work, but I'm not sure where to start.

Can anyone give some insight?
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Sure, you can download the VMWare Converter 4 and do the P2V conversion of the box to a VMDK file and then use the VMDK to VHD converter to convert that to a Hyper-V usable VHD file. Create a new VM using an existing disk and you should be good to go.

VMWare Converter: http://www.vmware.com/support/converter/doc/releasenotes_conv40.html#guestos
VMDK to VHD Converter: http://vmtoolkit.com/blogs/announcements/archive/2006/11/20/vmdk-to-vhd-converter-available.aspx
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Thanks for the response, I've downloaded the VMWare converter and even gotten it to a point where it looks like it will actually import the running Linux server...however, it wants to import the running server to a working VMWare Infrastructure server.

My environment is Hyper-V / SCVMM, with no running VMWare servers at all, so I really wasn't sure where to go from here.

What I did was:
- Installed the converter on a workstation (installed without incident)
- Told the converter to import a live machine
- Pointed it at my production RHEL 3.0 server and provided root username and password
- The converter queried the system and identified it as RHEL 3.0 with appropriate disk, memory, etc...a good indicator that the converter was talking well to the source machine.
- downloaded VMWare server 2.0 (free download) and installed it on the same workstation (I was surprised that it ran on a non-server OS), and it installed and ran fine.
- Pointed the VMWare standalone converter destination to the VMWare server that I just installed (the hostname of the machine, plus username and password)

And the error that I receive is "CONVERTER STANDALONE DOES NOT SUPPORT HOSTS OF THIS TYPE".

I'm not sure if I'm on the right track, the posted reply sounded a lot more simple than what I've done so far...am I overcomplicating this process?  Is there an easier way?  Or, if I am heading down the right road, what does it mean that it does not support hosts of this type?  

I want to import a live Linux server (REDHAT ENTERPRISE LINUX v3.0) and then eventually get it over to a Hyper-V machine.  I do believe that this suggestion at the beginning of the thread will get me there, but I need a little help with the details.

Thanks!
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Are you trying to do an online P2V conversion? If so, you perhaps may not get the option to go directly to a VMDK file? I am not sure, but will continue to look for more information.
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Here may be another way to approach this, a step by step way of creating the "Ultimate P2V BootDisk". Might be worth a read, even if it doesn't solve your problem...

http://www.rtfm-ed.co.uk/?page_id=174
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While not exactly the solution, it led me in the direction of a solution.  This question will be valuable to be able to be reviewed by the user community on their quest to VIRTUALIZE EVERYTHING.  Let's keep it around, deleting it would be a bad idea...
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