Can vCenter converter standalone be used without an infrastructure server?
Posted on 2009-05-08
I'm doing testing for an upcoming server conversion. I'll be converting a RedHad 7.3 Physical server to virtual, and was hoping to use the remote option of the vCenter converter standalone product. We'll be doing this on a remote site, so I'd prefer to bring as little equipment in a possible, and it's an old server so if I can avoid rebooting it I'd like to.
I can select my source with no trouble, but when I get to the destination selection, I do not have any choice of Destination type. It is automatically set to Vmware Infrastructure Virtual Machine, and I cannot find any way to set it to simply create a virtual drive file. What I'd like is to bring in my laptop running the converter standalone, connect to the server, and walk out with a vmdk (or other useable virtual format) file on my laptop, having disrupted the server as little as possible.
Is this possible? If so, how? Am I doing it wrong?
I looked into the possibility of using the boot CD, but can't seem to find an image for it, so if that's my only option, where can I find that image?